42 Human-Triggered Avalanches in Utah in Past 5-Days!!

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Cardiac Ridge Avalanche on Friday. image: utavy insagram story. 3/28/20

The string of human triggered avalanches continues in the backcountry. In the past five days, we’ve had 42 human triggered avalanches with 14 people being caught and carried. Yesterday was no exception with another seven human-triggered slides and three people going for rides.

Utah Avalanche Center, 3/30/20

Utah just saw 42 human-triggered avalanches in the backcountry in the past 5-days alone!

Why so many?

Because the ski resorts are closed due to Coronavirus which is putting more people than ever into the backcountry and people are making overly aggressive decisions on when and where to ski & ride.

Just yesterday, Sunday, March 29th, there were 7 human-triggered avalanches listed below:

  • Farmington Lakes – 8,500′ northeast facing 2.5′ x 300′ wide.
  • Mt. Wolverine – 10,200′ southwest facing 8″ x 50′ wide. One rider caught and carried.
  • Mill B South – 10,000′ southwest facing 2′ x 100′ wide. One rider caught and carried.
  • Neffs – 9000′ northwest facing 6″ x 10′ wide.
  • Benson & Hedges Ridge – 10,200′ west facing 12″x 50′ wide running 1,000′ vertical.
  • Brighton Backcountry – 9,800′ west facing 12″ x 40′ wide.
  • Evergreen Ridge – 9,600′ northwest facing 12″ x 40′ wide. One rider caught and carried.

See reports from all 42 human-triggered avalanches in Utah in the past 5-days here:

Many backcountry skiers & riders are not following guidelines set up to protect us from spreading Coronavirus via social distancing and only recreating within your very near local area.

Many backcountry skiers & riders are not following guidelines set up to avoiding injury to avoid creating an additional burden to our healthcare system.

These 3 human involved avalanches in Utah on Friday were dramatic:

There was A HUGE AMOUNT of human triggered avalanches in Utah Friday.

Avalanche Rating on Friday, 3/27/20 was:

  • Moderate above treeline
  • Low near treeline
  • Low below treeline

On Friday, there were human-triggered avalanches in all of these locations and more in Utah:

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Hi everyone. I stepped on a big one yesterday and got carried over 2000 feet and ended up fully, but shallowly buried. I should have died. Because I didn’t I’m sharing this experience with you. #avalanche #utavy #wasatchbackcountry #avalanchesafety . Yesterday @slcviking and I skied N. Superior and S. Superior. It was glorious. I wanted more. So, knowing that a couple family members were headed up, I said goodbye to @slcviking and went to catch up with them. When I reached the booter at about 10,600, my brother called me and said they had gone over the Black Knob and were going to drop from there. So, I decided to drop from 10,600 and meet them at the bottom. . When I dropped, my intent was to ski across a convex start zone to a puffy ridge. Turns out that I ski cut a sensitive slab way too low and dead center. I didn’t reach the ridge and was swept away. I lost my feet. There was no way to arrest and immediately I was engulfed in the avalanche, tumbling, falling, and slamming into stuff. I went over a cliff band, through a choke, and was carried to mid-apron on S. Superior. According to Strava, max speed was 77.2 mph and I went .75 miles. . When I realized what I had done, I immediately knew what to expect because I triggered one on S. Superior summit in 2012. I knew probability of injury or death was high. Being airborne in free fall and not knowing what would happen on impact was harrowing, as was the thought was that death was imminent. The avalanche would constrict and squeeze me. It felt so heavy. There was one point where I nearly lost consciousness and all hope. But just as it was getting really dark, the cycle put me close to the surface and I saw light and got air. As the train began to slow, I readied myself for burial and death. When the flow stopped, I was fully buried. But I didn’t feel the immense weight and I could see the surface. I thrashed my head to create space and was able to cough out the snow that filled my lungs and throat. I gathered my wits, caught my breath, and eventually freed my arm. With that I was able to worm out of the debris. . I feel very fortunate and very guilty. Please try and learn from this.

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