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25 April 2022 / Anchorage Daily News

‘Local legend’ Valdez heli-ski guide dies in avalanche in Chugach Mountains

Valdez, Alaska, United States

Michael Hamilton, who worked at Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, died Monday in one of numerous avalanches that have been occurring in the Southcentral Alaska backcountry recently. Several recent large wet slab avalanches reported throughout the Chugach are believed to be connected to a buried crust that formed around late October, she said. A warm storm system last week also weakened the snowpack because it added weight and heat.

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