Troopers: Snowmobiler buried by avalanche dies
An avalanche near Snug Harbor Trailhead claimed the life of a snowmobiler Saturday, Alaska State Troopers report.
In an online dispatch, troopers said Bryant Evans and his friend Tyler Kloos were on snowmobiles roughly two miles from the trailhead in Cooper Landing when an avalanche occurred. Search and rescue crews responded to the area just after 3 p.m., troopers wrote.
Evans told troopers he witnessed the avalanche bury Kloos, who was wearing an avalanche beacon, according to the dispatch.
“Evans located Kloos and dug him out,” troopers wrote. “Other people in the area assisted.”
A LifeMed helicopter transported Kloos to a hospital in the Soldotna area, but despite life-saving measures, Kloos died, according to troopers.
Kloos’ family has been notified of his death.
As of Sunday morning, avalanche conditions in the area were still considered dangerous, according to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center’s (CNFAIC) website.
“The Southern Kenai Mountains, including Snug Harbor and Lost Lake zones have dangerous avalanche conditions,” CNFAIC officials wrote. “This region is out of the advisory area but received 3-5+ feet of snow in the past week and several avalanches have been observed.”
For the latest information on avalanche conditions, visit the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center’s website.