Adventure Journal wrote about the difference in snow pack this season in certain regions and how this has impacted the fatal avalanches in the US this season.
Pat yourselves on the back, American backcountry skiers and riders. It’s February and the total number of avalanche fatalities currently stands at four, less than half of the 14 deaths we had at this time last year.
There are numerous explanations for why the numbers are lower. First is snowpack, or lack of it. Anyone who’s been to avalanche.org over the past few weeks has seen a whole lot of green. With almost no snow in the Sierra and very low snow year in many other locations, the pack has been relatively cooperative. However, let’s not forget the early season danger that persisted for quite some time both in Montana and in Utah.