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Experts: Lack of Preparation, Safety Gear Led to Avalanche Fatality near Cantwell

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

A report on a fatal avalanche near Cantwell last month says the victim and other snow machiners underestimated the snow slide potential.    As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the expert review points to atypical terrain, and blames the deadly accident on failure to recognize a hazard, and insufficient safety gear.

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993. He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing.