The Utah Avalanche Center's 27th Annual Backcountry Benefit will be held on Thursday, September 10 with some COVID-19 changes! The UAC will live-stream the event from 6-10 PM.  The Virtual Benefit event will have an emcee, feature presentations, guest speakers, highlight great silent auctions items donated to support the UAC, have an opportunity drawing, show backcountry videos, music and more. Supporters are asked to continue to show their support for the UAC by tuning in to this new exciting virtual format. More information and tickets at utahavalanchecenter.org.

Matt Baydala

This week saw another avalanche on the Park City Ridgline.

Utah Avalanche Center

A close call Tuesday afternoon serves as a reminder for backcountry skiers to be aware of dangerous conditions.

Expect Avalanches In Wasatch Back Country

Mar 25, 2019
Utah Avalanche Forecast Center

It’s springtime. March sun, warming afternoons, winter snow conditions one minute, then on a dime, it turns to spring weather. The season brings quick, spiking changes to Utah’s avalanche terrain.

For people who like to recreate in the back country this time of year, conditions change rapidly and anyone heading out of the resort boundaries is advised to pay close attention to the conditions. Utah Avalanche Center Forecaster, Drew Hardesty, says avalanches are certain to occur based on Monday’s and Tuesday’s weather forecast.

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Utah’s northern mountains can thank the weather occurrence of El Nino for this year’s snowy weather. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

With even more snow forecast for this week, Utah is enjoying higher than average snow totals this winter. As News for Utah Meteorologist Devon Lucie told us Monday, we can thank El Nino.

El Nino is part of  a routine climate pattern that forms due to a large area of warmer than normal ocean water. A strong El Nino typically results in heavier than normal rain along the west coast of the United States.

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The first avalanche fatality in Summit County of the season occurred over the weekend. Now the friend of the man killed is speaking out about his experience.

49-year-old Jason Lyman of Mona, Utah was snowmobiling in the Uintah’s last weekend with his friend Shannon Marchbanks and Marchbank’s 14-year-old son when tragedy struck. Marchbank told the Utah Avalanche Center in a video about the moment the slide happened.

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Over the weekend in Summit County, two separate avalanches were reported, each time with a recreationalist buried in the slide.

There were different outcomes, though. A slide in the Chalk Creek area resulted in the death of a snowmobiler. Another rider was uninjured after an avalanche near Woodland.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, they got a call about an avalanche near the East Fork of Chalk Creek, which resulted in the death of a central-Utah man.

He was identified as 49-year-old Jason Lyman, from Mona.

Summit County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andrew Wright said they received an SOS notification at 1:20 pm Saturday. A party of three snowmobilers were riding in the East Fork of the Chalk Creek when one person triggered a slide that was reported to be 500 to 600 feet wide. The depth at the toe was four to seven feet. It buried one man and his snowmobile. The victim was buried 30 to 40 minutes before his companions were able to locate him and dig him out. He was unconscious and unresponsive. His companions performed CPR for forty minutes while waiting for the DPS rescue helicopter to arrive.

Utah Avalanche Center

As skiers and snowmobile enthusiasts alike prepare for a season full of outdoor recreation, the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center is providing a training on the dangers of avalanches at the PC MARC tomorrow evening at 6:00.

Bo Torrey Program Manager with the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center says that education about the dangers of avalanches is not just for back country skiers.

Skier Survives Avalanche in Park City Backcountry

Jan 24, 2018
Utah Avalanche Center

A skier was swept more than 300 feet downslope in an avalanche along Park City's ridgeline Wednesday afternoon and escaped unharmed.  Carolyn Murray has the dramatic details:

Two snowboarders are lucky to be alive after setting off an avalanche Wednesday afternoon. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Stephen Jones Family

Summit County Search and Rescue Tuesday afternoon located the body of a missing skier from Wanship who was buried in a backcountry avalanche. Rick Brough has more.

Contribute to the Stephen Jones GoFundMe Account here.

Contribute to Stephen Jones GoFundMe Account here.

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Stay off the new trails at the Utah Olympic Park.  That's the message from park management.  They're worried about avalanche danger.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has the story:

A northern Utah resident died Friday night while snowmobiling in the High Uintas area of Summit County, after he was caught up in an avalanche. Rick Brough has more.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Forecasters are warning holiday skiers and others that there's considerable to high risk of avalanches in the mountains of central and northern Utah.

The Utah Avalanche Center warn that dangerous conditions exist on many elevations and slopes that could lead to natural and human triggered slides.

Officials warn anyone in the backcountry areas should avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees. 

There's a considerable or high risk in the Uintah Mountains and ranges near Logan, Ogden, Provo, Moab, and the Salt Lake and Skyline areas.