5 people were killed in 3 separate avalanches today (Sat 2/13) including BP Alaska president Jim Bowles. Bowles died with another BP employee while snowmachining in the Grandview area of the Placer Valley.
Farther up the valley in an unnamed drainage that leads to an area local riders call Squirrel Flats, another 2 snowmachiners were killed.
The 5th, a skier died on a slope above Hiland Road in Eagle River.
If you play in the winter mountains please, please get avalance education. Get the equipment and carry it, and watch the weather. Today's conditions--new snow on known weak layers and warming temps were a recipe for slides. As far as I know none of the snowmachiners triggered the slides that killed them. They were in terrain traps when the slopes above them let go. Apparently, from the report the skier triggered that slide.
Blessings on the deceased and peace to their families.