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Trio escapes avalanche in Utah mountain backcountry

By Bob Mims

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Mar 25 2013 12:36PM
Updated Mar 25, 2013 01:56PM

Three backcountry skiers had a close call late Monday morning with an avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the three men were skiing at 11:26 a.m. when the slide, of undetermined size, broke loose. One of the men was briefly buried and suffered a strained shoulder before his friends dug him out.

Bruce Tremper of the Utah Avalanche Center tweeted that the slide was on south face of Mt. Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Hoyal said the three were able to ski down the mountain after calling 911, and Unified Fire Department paramedics arrived, examined and then released the trio.

The Utah Avalanche Center had rated the risk of dangerous snow slides in the mountains throughout the state on Monday at "moderate."

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