An avalanche claimed the life of a 29-year-old Kenai Peninsula man at the end of January.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Tyler Kloos was snowmachining with his friend Bryant Evans about two miles from the Snug Harbor trailhead in Cooper Landing when Evans saw Kloos buried. Troopers said both men were wearing avalanche beacons. Evans was able to dig Kloos out of the snow, and a LifeMed helicopter transported Kloos to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. However, he did not survive.
Avalanche conditions were consistently moderate to high in numerous mountainous riding areas throughout January and into February. Resources such as the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, the Valdez Avalanche Center, and the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center provide up-to-date information on current conditions in popular mountain riding areas.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with expenses, at www.gofundme.com/tyler-kloos-memorial-fund.