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One dead in Weber Canyon backcountry avalanche

Utah Avalanche Center
The avalanche occurred at 10,300 feet in upper Weber Canyon. It was 400 feet wide and four feet deep.

Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an avalanche in the Weber Canyon backcountry area.

Multiple agencies responded including search and rescue crews and AirMed.

"A group of guided skiers triggered a large avalanche in Upper Weber Canyon," the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) said in a preliminary report.

According to the UAC, the avalanche was 400 feet wide and four feet deep.

"Two skiers were caught, carried, and buried," the UAC report said.

"A transceiver search ensued. One skier was successfully excavated and flown to a nearby hospital. The other skier was buried deeper and wasn't breathing when he was uncovered. Both air ambulance and guide personnel initiated CPR, but he passed away at the scene."

The man has since been identified by the Summit County Sheriff's Office as 46-year-old Ryan Barr from San Diego, California.

"Ryan was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother. He was part of a close-knit family, who loved nothing more than to spend family vacations and celebrate birthdays and holidays together," his family said in a statement.

"Ryan was loved by all and will be remembered for his big personality, kindness, and ability to light up a room. He worked in commercial real estate and loved skiing, surfing and cooking. He lived life to the fullest and was taken too soon. His wife, Caroline, and young daughter, Anna, will miss him dearly."

It's the first avalanche death in Utah since February 2021.

The pin shows the location of the avalanche.
Google // Utah Avalanche Center
The pin shows the location of the avalanche.

Summit County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Felicia Sotelo said the man sent to the hospital is expected to live.