Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Paxson, Summit Lake, Eastern Alaska Range, Hoodoo Mountains, Courage Mountain
Summary: 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 partly buried, 1 buried and killed
On Sunday afternoon, April 3, a couple had arrived ahead of friends and were out snowmobiling in the Summit Lake area while others arrived. A snowmobile rider climbed the east face of Courage Mountain while his wife waited at the bottom. The rider triggered a hard slab avalanche that caught him, then hit and buried his wife about 6 feet. Others in the area arrived soon afterwards. She was located by transceiver and dug free within 25-30 minutes. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
Provisional information from the Alaska Avalanche Information Center. www.alaskasnow.org
The information above will also be added to the CAIC's National Avalanche Accident Database: avalanche.state.co.us
Posted: 4/4/2016 at 1340 mdt.
Updated: 4/6/016 at 1140 mdt with details from the AAIC and a link to their report.