Why Have There Been So many Avalanche Deaths This Year?
What are the factors that have made avalanches so deadly in the US this year? We talked to several avalanche experts to find out.
This winter season has been an especially deadly one for avalanches. There have been 33 recorded U.S. avalanche fatalities, up from the past ten-year yearly average of 27. With a couple months left in the backcountry skiing and winter climbing season, danger remains high, and the death count is near certain to continue rising. What are the factors that have made this year so deadly?