Missing skiers presumed dead

The season for so-called “top tours” on skis in Norway is off to “a tragic start” this year, enthusiasts conceded, after four tourists were officially determined to have been killed by an avalanche last week. Their deaths bring the total up to 20 just since 2014. Hans Markus Heiskel, age 25, is among those working […]

Avalanche warnings north and west

More warnings of high avalanche danger were posted late this week from Møre in the southwest to Troms in the north. Emergency crews in Troms, meanwhile, were making another attempt Friday to search for four skiers who disappeared in an area that’s had several avalanches in recent days. Bad weather thwarted efforts to send helicopters […]

Four missing after avalanches

Three men from Finland and a woman from Sweden were missing Wednesday, after they’d set off on a trek to the summit of Blåbærtind in the valley called Tamokdalen in Troms, Northern Norway. Several avalanches are believed to have occurred in the area while they were there. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that police were unsure […]

Avalanche danger raised to ‘extreme’

For the first time ever, state authorities raised the danger for avalanches to “extreme” in wide areas of Nordland County. Warnings were up all over northern Norway for people to stay away from all steep areas through the weekend. “Stay home” was the message being sent out by police on Friday after Norway’s state agency […]

Avalanche accidents double

Nearly twice as many people have reported being involved in avalanches so far this winter compared to last year, just as the so-called topptur season of climbing up to mountaintops and skiing down them has begun. One skier has already been killed, in an avalanche at Lofoten last weekend, while 12 French tourists narrowly escaped […]

Avalanche kills man skiing in Lofoten

A Norwegian man in his 40s was killed when he was caught in an avalanche on the steep slopes near Kleppstad at Vågan in Lofoten Sunday afternoon. Warnings had been up all week for high avalanche danger all over the country. Another man out skiing with the victim had alerted police to the avalanche around […]

Avalanche danger isolates Arctic communities

Norway’s North Cape and the fishing village of Berlevåg were among communities left isolated this week by either avalanches or the danger of them. In Berlevåg, shelves were bare at the local grocery store when it wasn’t able to receive fresh supplies heading into the long Easter holiday weekend. The main E69 highway up to […]

Avalanche warnings posted nationwide

Huge amounts of snow in the mountains and suddenly shifting temperatures have prompted state officials to post avalanche warnings all over the country. With hundreds of thousands of Norwegians in the mountains for traditional Easter skiing holidays, they fear accidents and even fatalities. Another mountain highway, the E39 near Hornindal in Sogn og Fjordane, was […]

Svalbard residents evacuated again

Extreme weather bearing down on Svalbard this week forced the evacuations Tuesday of around 180 residents on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen. Strong winds and even rain were threatening to set off more avalanches on the steep slope behind their homes. The evacuation order came on the second anniversary of an avalanche in the same […]

Svalbard tackles ‘housing crisis’

Bulldozers rumbled onto the sites of abandoned housing in Norway’s Arctic city of Longyearbyen on Svalbard over the weekend. The homes were badly damaged in the latest avalanches to hit Longyearbyen last winter, adding to a housing shortage that some call a “crisis” in the booming outpost. “We have torn down six flats so far,” Frank […]