Inbounds Avalanche Deaths on the Rise

Eight in the last seven years

Ryan O'Hanlon

The number of inbounds avalanche deaths has increased over the past seven years, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Since 2005, there have been eight inbounds-avalanche fatalities—avalanche deaths that occur in open, patrolled terrain due to non-extenuating circumstances—at resorts in the United States in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, California, and Nevada. While eight may seem a small number, it’s double the historical average for a seven-year period. From 1985 to 2005, there were three inbounds-avalanche deaths. The eight deaths also add up to nearly a quarter of all fatalities since 1950.