Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Avalanche danger extreme, skiers told to avoid backcountry
First Published Jan 23 2012 08:38 am • Last Updated Jan 23 2012 11:42 am

The possibility for avalanches in Utah’s backcountry is higher than it’s been in several years, and authorities want Utahns to be safe.

The risk level for all mountain ranges is again at a high, the first time that condition has been in place for two days in a row in many years, said Bruce Tremper, director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"We were very, very lucky to get through Sunday without a fatality. It was sunny and that got people out, and they had powder fever," Tremper said. "But we were able to get the word out that it was very, very dangerous, and most people stayed inside the resort boundaries, and everyone came back alive."

Four snowboarders in the Hidden Canyons area near Brighton were caught in an avalanche Sunday. Two were carried down the mountain and partially buried, but they were uninjured. Snowmobilers in the Uintah mountains also triggered several avalanches, but no one was caught in them.

All but the most experienced and well-equipped skiers should stay out of the backcountry. While about 70 percent of the faces have avalanched, the remaining 30 percent have not, and they pose the most risk.

"If someone wants to get on something steep, get on the ones that have already avalanched," he said. "It’s the [slopes] that have not come down that are the ones we are worried about."

More information about conditions and avalanche safety can be found at www.UtahAvalancheCenter.org.


Twitter: @sheena5427

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.