Prominent Oil Executive perishes in AK avalanche

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on February 14, 2010 6:51 am

It seems like there is no place imune from avalanches this season.  And certainly AK is getting its share.  Unfortunately one in the Kenai Pennisula took the life of ConocoPhillips Alaska President Jim Bowles and likely took the life of Alan Gage a capital team projects member for ConocoPhillips. 

The body of Bowles was discovered and although CPR was delivered, it was too late.  At this time Gage is missing, but his body has not been recovered.

That familiar slope angle of 35-40 degrees was involved in this one with the standard weak layer of snow on the bottom phenomenom.  Peanut butter on top of jelly.  Bowles was a hugely respected leader who oversaw nearly 1000 people day to day.  Gage was a younger executive with the company.

The two were with a group of 12 people snowmobiling in the backcountry.  Our thoughts are with the families. 

Whether skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or just plain being out in the stuff, be extra, extra careful out there people.  It is a tough season for avi’s.