A 22-year-old heli-skier was caught in an avalanche and injured while skiing the Holy Toledo run in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah today. This run is across the street from Snowbird ski resort and just on the other side of the ridge running down into Big Cottonwood Canyon.
According to Snowbird spokesman, Brian Brown, the avalanche victim was part of a Wasatch Powderbird Guides trip.
The UAC reports that the avalanche wsa 3-5′ deep and 150′ wide.
The victim was partially buried by the avalanche up to his chest, injured, rescued by his guides, and taken to the hospital.
“Skier caught, carried, partially buried with injuries in large avalanche in Holy Toledo. Steep northwest slope at 10,200′ in Cardiff, BCC.” – Utah Avalanche Center, today via twitter
Authorities claim he was complaining of leg and back pain after the avalanche. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The injured skier was transported by Powderbird helicopter to Snowbird before being taken to the hospital in Salt Lake City.
Avalanche danger was rated as “Considerable” today where and when the avalanche occurred. “Considerable” is the avalanche rating most people die under.