This weekend, two Canadians in Tuckerman Ravine triggered an avalanche, which swept them and two others 500 feet down to the bottom of the bowl. None of those affected suffered serious injuries, but it highlights a growing trend in the White Mountains: more skiers getting themselves into avalanche terrain earlier in the year.

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  A member of the US Alpine Ski Team from New Hampshire has been killed in an avalanche in Austria.

Ronnie Berlack of Franconia was one of two skiers who perished in the accident. Twenty-year-old Berlack was one of seven skiers named to the US ski team’s development squad last spring. He had finished in the top twenty in two events in last year’s US championships in Squaw Valley.

New York Man Dies In Avalanche

Mar 2, 2013

A 24-year-old New York man was killed in an avalanche Friday in the Huntington Ravine, according to a news release from the White Mountain National Forest.

The victim was identifed as James Watts, 24.  No hometown was given.

Officials said he was ice climbing alone and was apparently caught by an avalanche and swept about 1,000 feet down the mountain.

A hiker found the body about 3:00 pm.