Injured Skier Rescued from Utah Backcountry Yesterday

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Rescue #8 of 2020 for the Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team on April 10th, 2020. image: Salt Lake County Search & Rescue

The Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team was called out to an injured female backcountry skier at 12:38 pm yesterday, April 10th, 2020 in USA Bowl in Big Cottonwood Cayon, Utah.

The patient had an injured ankle that would not bear weight.

She was extracted via toboggan.

This was The Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team’s 8th rescue of 2020.

On March 30th, 2020, the Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team rescued a snowboarder in Big Cottonwood Canyon which was their 5th rescue of 2020.

Rescue #8 of 2020 for the Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team on April 10th, 2020. image: Salt Lake County Search & Rescue

Full Salt Lake County Search & Rescue Report:

Rescue #8, Injured backcountry skier, USA Bowl, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Call-out time: 12:38 PM, Friday, April 10th.

Salt Lake County Search and Rescue got called out at around 12:38 PM for an injured female backcountry skier at the bottom of USA Bowl. The patient had fallen and injured an ankle and could not bear any weight on the leg. Search and Rescue sent teams up on skis and snowshoes and took snowmobiles as far as possible to the patient. The patient was packaged into a toboggan and skied down to a snowmobile who then took her the rest of the way down. She was checked by Unified Fire and released at the scene.

All teams got off the mountain around 3:45 PM.

  • Salt Lake County Search & Rescue, 4/10/20
Rescue #8 of 2020 for the Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team on April 10th, 2020. image: Salt Lake County Search & Rescue

Salt Lake County has issued an order stating “residents are discouraged from any outdoor recreation that poses an enhanced risk of injury or that could stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency.”

If you do want to backcountry ski/ride from Salt Lake City, please follow the guidelines in the link below:

USA Bowl in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT. image: wbguide.com

Salt Lake City “Stay Safe.  Stay Home” Order:

The “Salt Lake County: Stay Safe. Stay Home” order takes effect 12:01 Monday morning and stays in effect until 11:59 p.m. April 13.

The order includes:

* New stay at home directives.

* Closures of common gathering places.

* New rules for businesses that will stay open.

* Restrictions of food service activities.

* Clarification of essential businesses.

* Ensuring essential infrastructure is not impacted.

The intent of this public order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their homes or places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible.

You can find the Health Order on our website at https://slco.org/health/COVID-19/business/.

  • Salt Lake County major Jennie Wilson
image: salt lake city, ut

Salt Lake City “Stay Safe.  Stay Home”

Recreation Guidelines:

COVID-19 Prevention for Parks and Sports

• Children’s playgrounds are closed.

• Team sports, including pickup games, are prohibited.

• Do not share equipment with others.

• Sport fields and courts may be open but should be used individually or only by members of the same household.

• We encourage individual sports and activities that allow 6 feet to remain between people not in the same household.

• Recreational areas, including parks, trails, trailheads, dog parks, and sports fields and courts should be used only while maintaining 6-feet of space between people not in the same household.

• Wash or sanitize hands frequently throughout the activity.

Rescue #8 of 2020 for the Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team on April 10th, 2020. image: Salt Lake County Search & Rescue

Backcountry Guidelines for Coronavirus Crisis:

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


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