Avalanche

This story was last updated at 11:00 a.m., March, 15 2021.  

 

Four people were caught in an avalanche Sunday.

Utah and Salt Lake County Search and Rescue responded to an avalanche near Pfeifferhorn Peak on the south side of Little Cottonwood Canyon. 

Nikki Champion, a spokesperson for the Utah Avalanche Center, says they believe the individuals were partially buried in the slide, but information at this time is preliminary.  

She says it’s likely that there were some ankle or leg injuries.

BRASS Foundation

The Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation is putting on a pair of free virtual mid-season avalanche clinics later this month.

 

The foundation, also known as BRASS for short, will be hosting two free virtual avalanche courses from 5:00-6:30pm on March 16th and 24th.

 

Utah Avalanche Center

After midweek storms dropped feet of snow throughout Northern Utah, the Utah Avalanche Center has classified all of the Salt Lake area mountains as experiencing “extreme” avalanche danger. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more on what that means and why you should be careful no matter where you are in the mountains.

 

Utah Avalanche Center

With snowfall in the forecast through the weekend and a persistent weak layer present in Utah’s snowpack, avalanche danger is significant heading into the holiday weekend.

 

The Utah Avalanche Center issued an ‘avalanche watch’ on Thursday ahead of expected snowfall this weekend. Forecaster Trent Meisenheimer told KPCW the watch could very well become a warning as weekend snowfall approaches.

 

Utah Avalanche Center

After the backcountry gates at Park City Mountain Resort were closed earlier this month following the second deadly avalanche in the area of 2021, PCMR, the US Forest Service, and the Utah Avalanche Center met virtually on Tuesday to discuss the future of backcountry access from the resort.

 

Although Park City Mountain Resort does not patrol the backcountry and is not responsible for skiers and riders who access the backcountry by using their chairlifts, the gates on the Park City ridgeline do lie on property owned by the resort. 

Four people were killed in an avalanche in Millcreek Canyon Saturday. Salt Lake County Unified Police say four others survived. The group of eight were skiing together in an area near Alexander Basin.

The Utah Avalanche Forecast Center’s Drew Hardesty warned of high avalanche danger Saturday morning, saying that there had been large natural avalanches overnight due to the new snow in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as Millcreek Canyon.

Utah Avalanche Center


Editor's note: This story was updated at 5:00pm February 4th, 2021 to add a future meeting date between Park City Mountain Resort and the U.S. Forest Service. The audio story is no longer current.

Last weekend’s deadly avalanche in the backcountry outside of Park City Mountain resort has prompted the closure of the backcountry access gates at PCMR until further notice. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more on the current situation:

 

A second deadly backcountry avalanche in the first month of 2021 has claimed the life of another Utahn.

 

The victim in the Saturday, Jan. 30, backcountry avalanche outside the boundaries of Park City Mountain Resort’s Canyons Village, in the area known as Square Top, was identified as 57-year-old Kurt Damschroder of Park City. 

 

Summit County Sheriff's Office

Saturday’s backcountry avalanche in an area known as Square Top has claimed the life of a Park City man.

The skier who died in Saturday’s avalanche has been identified as Kurt Damschroder, a 57-year-old from Park City, according to a press release from Summit County Sheriff’s Office.  

The avalanche was triggered by Damschroder and another skier Saturday around 3:30 p.m. outside the boundaries of Canyons Village. 

This story was last updated at 7:00pm, January 30th 2021.  

The Summit County Sheriff's Office says emergency crews will resume search and rescue efforts Sunday morning after a backcountry avalanche in the Square Top area outside of Park City Mountain Resort Saturday afternoon.

According to a statement by the Sheriff's Office, crews responded to reports of an avalanche at 3:26pm. The avalanche was triggered by two skiers, one of whom was buried by the slide.

Utah Avalanche Forecast Center

The Utah Avalanche Center presented a report on the state of the snowpack in Utah Tuesday night in partnership with the Park City Professional Ski Patrollers Association. After last week’s deadly avalanche just outside of Park City Mountain Resort, the importance of avalanche education was front and center.

 

After an avalanche in the Dutch Draw backcountry area just outside the boundaries of Park City Mountain Resort resulted in the death of a 31-year-old Utah man last Friday, the dangers of backcountry skiing and riding were once again evident.

Utah Avalanche Center

  The identity of the man who died in Friday morning’s avalanche has been released.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says the man who died in the Avalanche is Kevin Jack Steuterman, a 31-year-old from Clinton, Utah.

  

Steuterman was snowboarding, along with his girlfriend on ski, in backcountry terrain outside the boundaries of Park City Mountain Resort – on the Canyons Village side, in the area known as Dutch Draw. 

Summit County Sheriff's Office

All week long, the forecasters at the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center cautioned you are stepping into a considerable hazard once you leave the boundaries of a patrolled ski area. Still, several human triggered avalanches were reported along the Park City ridgeline all week, ultimately ending in the death of a Clinton man.

Utah Avalanche Forecast Center

A Utah man has died after being buried in an avalanche Friday morning. It occurred in back country terrain near the Canyons Village area of Park City Mountain Resort. Tragically, his girlfriend witnessed the slide.

The Summit County Sheriff’s office received a call notifying them of a slide and a possible burial in the avalanche-prone area known as Dutch Draw. Summit County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andrew Wright earlier in the day confirmed the 31-year-old was buried and there were about three dozen rescue workers who responded to the scene.

Update:  The man was found around 2:30pm.  Rescuers, with the help of a Park City Mountain Ski Patrol avalanche dog, located him at the toe of the avalanche, approximately two feet below the surface.  Authorities are not releasing the victim's name until his family has been notified.

Summit County Sheriff's Office tells KPCW a 31-year-old Utah man triggered an avalanche in the Dutch Draw area on the Canyons Village side of Park City Mountain Resort shortly after 10am Friday.

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