Utah snowboarder killed by an avalanche

Hailey Wabbersen

On Sunday, December 15th, a 45 year old snowboarder was found buried alive after he triggered the avalanche that cost him his life. The Utah Avalanche Center said, the male snowboarder left Canyons Village in Park City through a backcountry gate at the top of the 9990 lift to access Dutch Drew. The 45-year-old was half way down the slope when he trigged the avalanche around 11 a.m. and was caught, carried, and killed in the steep, rocky area of Dutch Draw. He was buried under the snow for 25-45 minutes.

“There was one set of tracks in and no tracks out,” Lt. Andrew Wright with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office told FOX13. The local Sheriffs performed life-saving efforts to try and save him by preforming CPR but he later died from his injuries. The ultimate size of the avalanche was 180-feet wide with about a 600-foot vertical. There was an active avalanche only 2 days earlier on December 13th but they still left the lift open for the public. According to the Utah Avalanche Center, “In this terrain, human triggered slides may step down 3-4′ deep and hundreds of feet wide. This terrain is to be avoided.”