Split Avy Claims Two Skiers

Sobering and heartbreaking news: Powder Magazine is reporting the deaths of two Sierra skiers, Kip Garre and Allison Kreutzen, whose bodies were found in a pile of avalanche debris yesterday morning near Split Mountain. According to rescuers, it appears the pair were climbing Split's east couloir with the intention of skiing it when a large avalanche began about 2/3 of the way up the couloir, sweeping them down. My deepest condolences to Kip and Allison's friends and family.

via Earn Your Turns

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Dan Conger April 29, 2011 at 7:32 am

Very sad ... even in the safest of forecasted conditions, the mountains tend to surprise us. The first Sierra peak I climbed was Mt. Tom, west of Bishop. I'll never forget being chased off the mountain by a snowstorm in July one summer. Snowstorm in July? Yes, at 13,000 feet that happens.

I guess it just goes to show that no matter how careful you are, accidents beyond your control can take place. Very sad ... my heart goes out to their friends and families.