Snowboarder Dies After Accidentally Triggering Avalanche in Utah

A 45-year-old male snowboarder died from a human-initiated avalanche in Park City, Utah, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office publicly reported Sunday. The snowboarder was buried in the snow near the Summitt County ski resort and dug out Sunday afternoon.

Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful shortly after the rescue. No further details on the identity were released by authorities.

The Utah Avalanche Center also confirmed the death and incident in a public report on its website, noting that a human-caused avalanche occurred near the area’s “Dutch Draw.”

“Part of the way down the (Dutch Draw) slope, (the man) unintentionally triggered and was caught, carried and killed in an avalanche,” the center said.

The Salt Lake City-based UAC will consult with avalanche professionals from Park City and Canyons resorts to investigate the scene Monday. The avalanche was around 3 feet deep and 100 feet wide.

SOURCE: USA Today, Scott Gleeson