Utah Avalanche Center

In this episode of The Mountain Life  Utah Avalanche Center director Chad Brackelsburg joins the show to talk about the Center's 27th Annual Backcountry Benefit on September 10th and how they have adjusted to a live stream format including asking the community to host small, safe house parties. He also talks about their plans to bring Know Before You Go avalanche education to 8,000+ people this year. In this episode of The Mountain Life.


It was a wild day in the backcounty yesterday according to avalanche forcasters. Utah Avalanche Center forecaster Drew Hardesty said he counted 31 human-triggered avalanches in the backcounty Thursday. Four people were caught and carried in slides, but there was only one injury reported, a hurt knee.  On Friday morning, two human-triggered slides were reported before 8am.

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.

The Mountain Life is joined by Chad Brackelsberg, Executive Director of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. Chad joins to discuss ongoing avalanche education, the September 12 fundraiser at the Back Diamond Store in Salt Lake City, and why it's so important to Know Before You Go.

Utah Avalanche Center

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.

Today we talk with Park City resident Craig Gordon who is a forecaster at the Utah Avalanche Center. We want to take a deep dive with him on avalanche safety, what you need to know before you go, why the current snowpack is dangerous, and what the background is for four avalanche fatalities in four weeks in the Wasatch and surrounding mountains. 

Utah Avalanche Center

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.

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.

University of Utah Marriott Library

The Marriott Library Ski Archive is hosting its annual Ski Affair in Sale Lake, with organizers saying it will likely attract a Who’s Who of Skiing in Utah.

The event will be held on October 30th at the Little America Hotel, starting at 6:00 pm.

Among other things, the S.J. Quinney Award will go to Howard Peterson, the progenitor of the Soldier Hollow cross-country and biathlon site in Wasatch County.

Barbara Yamada is the chair of the volunteer committee for the event.

Chad Brackelsberg, Executive Director of the Utah Avalanche Center, joins Tim and Lynn to highlight the 25th annual Black Diamond fundraiser on September 13, to talk about what the Center is working on for education of backcountry enthusiasts, and a new video that underscores the importance of knowing before you go.

Local News Hour - January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018

Trent Meisenheimer leads off today’s program with the Utah Avalanche Center forecast. Park City Planning Commissioners Melissa Band and Preston Campbell react to the latest Treasure Hill plans. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman recaps Thursday night's city council meeting. Finally, Peace House Development Director Sally Tauber and Jorden Saxton, clinical intern, describe an upcoming outpatient group that addresses reducing shame after a domestic or sexual abuse or even a past childhood abuse.

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

The Mountain Life - November 30, 2016

Nov 30, 2016

Today on the Mountain Life, Lynn and guest co-host Chris Cherniak celebrate the snow with Paul Diegel with the Utah Avalanche Center.  Then they talk with Chad Brackelsburg about Ski Mo. The final guest is trail guru Bob Radke who discusses new winter trails.

Utah Avalanche Center

Avalanche forecasters and search and rescue teams are warning Utahns to stay out of the backcountry.  There was a slide at Snowbasin ski resort Tuesday that swept away a ski patroller.  He was partially buried by the avalanche.  Fellow patrollers rescued him.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has the story:

Here's a link to the Utah Avalanche Center