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Man escapes injury in Cache County avalanche
First Published Feb 11 2014 04:33 pm • Last Updated Feb 11 2014 06:56 pm

A snowmobiler appears to have been unscathed by an avalanche that buried him Tuesday afternoon in Cache County’s Providence Canyon.

The man was unconscious at 4:15 p.m. when his friends unearthed him from about 2 feet of snow about 2 miles up the canyon, Cache County sheriff’s officials said. By the time rescuers arrived, the man was conscious and appeared to be uninjured, said Lt. Mike Peterson.

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"He’s actually very lucky," Peterson said. Rescuers were driving him down the canyon as of 6:45 p.m.

The Utah Avalanche Center has warned that dangerous avalanche conditions exist in much of the state. Human-triggered avalanches are almost certain on steep slopes, the center warns.

On Sunday, 21-year-old Ashleigh Cox of Colorado Springs died after being caught in an avalanche in Utah while snowshoeing Saturday in Utah County.

In Sanpete County, 36-year-old Clint Conover died after being buried in a slide Sunday while snowmobiling.

ealberty@sltrib.com




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