Utah saw the lowest amount of snow they’ve ever recorded at 267.5″ of snowfall at Alta in 2014/15. They’re previous lowest snowfall amount of record.
In 2015, Utah experienced 116 human triggered avalanches with 26 humans caught in avalanches, 3 injuries, and 1 fatality.
“In short, the unprecedented 2014-15 season smashed all previous records for the least amount of snow and the warmest temperatures since records began at Alta in the 1940’s. The previous record for the least amount of snow at the Alta Guard Station was 314 inches in the infamous 1976-77 season. This season only 267.5 inches fell from November 1st through April 30th.
But the good news…Utah had only one fatality instead of the average of four. We had 116 unintentional, human triggered avalanches reported to us, 26 people caught in avalanches and 3 injured. Nationally avalanche deaths were down as well with 11, well under the average of close to 30.” – Utah Avalanche Center
Please read the full Utah Avalanche Center 2015 Report here: