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Logan and Atkins - The Snowy Torrents, 1980-86
This table lists avalanche accidents in the Northwest (Canadian border to Mt Hood) from 1910 to 1986 found in the table on p. 244 of The Snowy Torrents, 1980-86. The table is entitled "Accidents in All Four Volumes of The Snowy Torrents, 1910-86". For descriptions of accidents before 1980, you need to refer to one of the earlier volumes. Note that not all Northwest avalanche accidents are listed in these books.

In the following table, backcountry skiing accidents are shown in white. Accidents involving other activities are shown in blue. Some less interesting reports have been condensed. I've omitted accidents involving structures only. I have not differentiated between skier and snowboarder accidents and I refer to both groups as skiers. Lift skiers include anyone who uses lifts, or a combination of lifts and hiking, to reach the site of the avalanche, regardless of whether the avalanche occurs inside or outside ski area boundaries. I've reclassified snow ranger accidents as ski patrollers if the victims were working in a ski area with lifts.

Accidents Date Location Activity Caught Killed
1 3/1/1910 Wellington, WA Motorists or travelers (trains) 99 96
1 7/22/1939 Mt Baker, WA Climbers (Bellingham College) 25 6
1 2/7/1953 Source Lake, WA Ski tourers 2 1
1 3/16/1958 Silver Creek, WA Snow rangers 3 0
3 6/20/1959 to 12/30/1962 WA (2), OR (1) Climbers, ski patrollers 9 3
1 2/5/1966 Mt Baker, WA Ski tourers 5 1
9 3/11/1966 to 1/30/1969 WA (8), OR (1) Mostly ski patrollers and lift skiers 14 0
1 2/14/1969 Mt Rainier, WA Snow ranger 3 0
1 3/5/1969 Alpental, WA Ski patrollers 2 0
1 3/9/1969 Mt Rainier, WA Ski tourer 1 1
6 12/13/1969 to 1/16/1971 WA Mostly ski patrollers and lift skiers 10 2
1 1/24/1971 Stevens Pass, WA Residents (Yodelin) 16 4
3 1/24/1971 to 1/27/1971 WA Highway workers, lift skier 3 0
1 3/1/1972 Mission Ridge, WA Ski patrollers 2 0
2 3/4/1972 to 4/22/1972 WA Workers, motorists 6 0
1 4/22/1972 Mt Baker, WA Ski tourers 2 0
5 5/10/1972 to 12/27/1973 WA Ski patrollers, climbers 7 2
3 1/27/1974 to 1/17/1975 WA Climber, snowshoers 4 3
1 4/26/1975 Mt St Helens, WA Climbers 24 5
1 11/30/1975 Mission Ridge, WA Lift skier 1 0
4 11/30/75 to 12/31/1977 WA Snowshoers, climbers 7 4
1 4/23/1978 Mt Rainier, WA Ski tourers 7 0
7 5/30/1978 to 1/19/1980 WA Climbers and snowshoers 29 4
3 2/2/1980 to 3/17/1981 WA (2), OR (1) Ski patroller, lift skiers 6 0
1 4/12/1981 Source Lake, WA Ski tourers 6 0
1 6/21/1981 Mt Rainier, WA Climbers (Ingraham Glacier) 22 11
8 6/20/1982 to 2/12/1985 WA (7), OR (1) Mostly climbers, ski patrollers 18 6
1 2/15/1986 Mt Rainier, WA Ski tourer 1 0
1 8/3/1986 Mt Baker, WA Climbers 4 2
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