Global Avalanche Accidents – 2017-2018

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Every year avalanches claim the lives of skiers, snowboarders, hikers, snowshoers, workers, soldiers, ice climbers, civilians, and other mountain enthusiasts. It’s always tragic and our thoughts go out to anyone who has lost someone in an avalanche.

This page looks at global avalanche accidents during the current water year of 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.

Whether you work, live, or play in avalanche terrain, please stay safe out there.


Global Avalanche Fatalities By Country: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018

  • Afghanistan – 13
  • Armenia – 1
  • Austria – 9
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Canada – 6
  • France – 20
  • Germany – 2
  • Greece – 1
  • India – 21
  • Iran – 9
  • Italy – 9
  • Japan – 2
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Mongolia – 17
  • Montenegro – 1
  • Pakistan – 2
  • Romania – 4
  • Russia – 6
  • Slovakia – 4
  • Switzerland – 11
  • Turkey – 5
  • USA – 9

Total Avalanche Fatalities: 152


Global Avalanche Fatalities By Month: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018

  • October – 19
  • November – 17
  • December – 38
  • January – 48
  • February – 31

Global Avalanche Accidents Map: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018

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Disclaimer: Pinpoints only indicate an approximate location. They are NOT guaranteed to be accurate.


Global Avalanche Accidents Information: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018

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DateCountryLocation# Of FatalitiesActivity
20171007USA - MontanaNorth Couloir, Imp Peak, Madison Range1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171022MongoliaMount Otgontenger, Khangai Mountains17Mountaineering
20171023FranceCol de Miage, Mont Blanc Massif1Mountaineering
20171114SwitzerlandLaub, Titlis, Engelberg1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171116AustriaKengel, Vergaldatal, Vorarlberg1Snow Removal
20171117AfghanistanBahadar Village, Chapa Dara, Kunar Province10Civilians
20171117AfghanistanAchin District, Nangahar Province3Civilians
20171119GermanyKehlstein, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171122USA - AlaskaPresident's Ridge, Marmot Mountain, Hatcher Pass1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171201RomaniaCarja Peak, Parang Mountains1Mountaineering
20171201RomaniaPietrosu Peak, Calimani Mountains2Mountaineering
20171202FrancePas du Loup, Petit Som, Chartreuse Massif2Skiing/Snowboarding
20171202FrancePas de l'Oeille, Dent de Crolles, Chartreuse1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171206SlovakiaZbojnícky spád, Veľkej Studena dolina, High Tatras1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171208IranOshtoran Kuh, Zagros Mountains9Mountaineering
20171210AustriaFederweiß icefall, Eisarena, Anlauftal Valley, Hohe Tauern, Bad Gastein, Salzburg1Ice Climbing
20171211IndiaLOC, Nowgam, Kupwara2Military
20171211SwitzerlandLa Combe des Genevois, Ovronnaz, Valais1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171212IndiaLOC, Baktoor, Gurez, Bandipora3Military
20171213AustriaPezid, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tirol1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171215FranceEast Face, Combe Benite, Haute Tarentaise, Savoie1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171216FranceCol de Rombieres, Font d'Alagnon, Laveissiere, Cantal1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171222ItalyPizzo Cefalone, Gran Sasso1Hiking
20171222AustriaScharnik, Kreuzeck Group, Carinthia1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171223SwitzerlandCorne du Boeuf, Val d’Anniviers, St. Luc, Valais1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171223SwitzerlandGlattwang, Graubunden1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171225SwitzerlandHofathorn, Valais1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171229GreeceGalani, Vasilitsa Ski Resort, Grevena1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171229AustriaGamsspitzls, Zehnerkarspitze. Obertauern, Salzburg1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171229USA - WyomingCommissary Ridge, Salt River Range, Wyoming1Snowmobiling
20171230FranceFonds des Fours Refuge, Vanoise National Park, Val-d’Isere, Savoie1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171231SwitzerlandHohturli, Bernese Alps, Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland, Bern1Snowshoeing
20171231CanadaCornice Ridge, Kootenay Pass, Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia
1Skiing/Snowboarding
20171231SwitzerlandPazolastock, Tujetsch, Graubunden1Snowshoeing
20180102USA - MontanaCabin Creek, Sage Peak, Madison Range1Snowmobiling
20180103ItalyMalga San Valentino, Haider Alm, Val Venosta, South Tyrol2Skiing/Snowboarding
20180104AustriaIschgl, Paznaun Valley, Tyrol1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180104FranceL'Ecot, Bonneval-Sur-Arc, Savoie1Civilian
20180105CanadaRoute 132, Ste-Angele-de-Mérici, Quebec1Snowmobiling
20180105IndiaSadhna Pass, Kupwara-Tangdhar Road, Jammu and Kashmir11Civilians
20180105AustriaKals am Grossglockner2Skiing/Snowboarding
20180108CanadaMount McDermott, Lizard Range, British Columbia1Snowmobiling
20180109FrancePique Poque, Piau-Englay, Aragnouet, Hautes-Pyreness1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180110USA - IdahoReas Peak, Centennial Range1Snowmobiling
20180113RomaniaValea Coştilei, Bucegi Mountains, Busteni1Mountaineering
20180113RussiaPanfilovskoe Lake, Priskovoy, Ordzhonikizevsky District, Khakassia2Snowmobiling
20180117FranceLake Robert, Chamrousse, Isere1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180118IndiaGulmarg Gondola, Apharwat Peak, Jammu & Kashmir1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180118SwitzerlandSaille, Ovronnaz, Leytron, Valais1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180119SwitzerlandSeechäle, St. Stephan, Bern2Skiing/Snowboarding
20180120USA - IdahoReas Peak, Centennial Range1Snow Biking
20180120JapanNorthern Alps, Nagano1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180120RussiaMount Mussa-Achitara, Dombai Resort, Caucasus Mountains, Karachay-Cherkessia1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180121TurkeyHizan, Bitlis5Military
20180121GermanyGeigelstein, Chiemgau Alps, Schleching, Bavaria1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180121SlovakiaZiarska Dolina, Tatras Mountains1Mountaineering
20180121USA - ColoradoSams Trees, Red Mountain Pass, Silverton1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180121KyrgyzstanKok-Zhayik, Jeti Oguz, Issyk-Kul1Civilian
20180122MontenegroKrivog Dolov, Bjelasica, Kolasin1Snowmobiling
20180123JapanMount Kusatsu-Shirane, Gunma1Military
20180124ItalyVal di Ciavei, Vallunga, Val Gardena, Dolomites, South Tyrol1Ice Climbing
20180124FranceTavaneuse, L'Abondance, Haute Savoie1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180128ArmeniaKuys Barbara, Mount Ara, Aragatsotn1Mountaineering
20180130CanadaMorning Glory, Clemina Creek, Monashee Mountains, Valemount, British Columbia, Canada1Snowmobling
20180201PakistanLowari Top, Chitral2Civilians
20180201FranceBirkel Couloir, Ballon d'Alsace, Vosges Mountains, Saint-Maurice-Sur-Moselle1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180202AustriaTrogkofel, Nassfeld, Hermagor, Carinthia1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180202IndiaLine of Control, Sona Pandi Gali, Machil, Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir3Military
20180203RussiaIzraski Golems, Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180203RussiaMount Yukspor, Khibiny Mountains, Kirovsk, Murmansk1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180204ItalyAnfiteatro, Campo Felice, Apennine Mountains, Abruzzo2Skiing/Snowboarding
20180205RussiaDanaurovka, Chistopol, Tatarstan1Civilian
20180206FrancePointe de Blonniere, Etale, La Clusaz1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180209CanadaHospital Creek, Golden, British Columbia1Snowmobiling
20180210CanadaMount Callaghan, British Columbia1Snowmobiling
20180213FranceGavarnie-Gedre, Hautes-Pyrenees1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180214FranceCauterets, Haute-Pyrenees3Skiing/Snowboarding
20180215SlovakiaVeľkého Gápľa, Chopok Mountain, Low Tatras1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180215ItalyCime de l'Agnel, Entracque, Valle Gesso, Cuneo1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180216IndiaMount Affarwat, Gulmarg, Kashmir1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180216ItalySasso Incastrato Canale, Grignetta, Lecco2Mountaineering
20180217BulgariaSinanitsa Hut, Momin Peak, Pirin Mountains1Mountaineering
20180217USA - WyomingRalphs Slide, Rock Springs Canyon, Jackson Hole, Wyoming1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180218SlovakiaŠiroký ľad, High Tatras1Ice Climbing
20180218FranceCombe à Claudius, Etale, Giettaz-en-Aravis, Haute-Savoie1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180218FrancePisaillas Glacier, Val d'Isere2Skiing/Snowboarding
20180218SwitzerlandRitzenjoch-Heidelberger Hut, Ramosch, Graubunden1Skiing/Snowboarding
20180220USA - IdahoSheep Creek, Snake River Range, Swan Valley, Bonneville County1Snowmobiling

The information on this page is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please confirm all information you find via other sources.

While we do our best to document avalanche accidents, it’s highly likely that this is an incomplete list. If there are any inaccuracies or any information is incorrect, please let us know and we will be happy to update it accordingly.