Large Skier-Triggered Avalanche Reported Near Brighton Resort, UT

Martin Kuprianowicz | | AvalancheAvalanche
Brighton and Solitude ski patrol at the scene of the Hidden Canyon avalanche on Sunday, Dec. 19. | Photo courtesy of the Utah Avalanche Center

A 600-foot wide, roughly two-to-four-foot deep avalanche was triggered in Hidden Canyon near Brighton Resort on Sunday. The slide was reported to Brighton Ski Patrol by someone other than those who triggered it. Upon inspection, ski patrol noticed two tracks entering the avalanche but no tracks coming out the other side. The Utah Avalanche Center reports that Brighton & Solitude ski patrols were called into the scene, bringing Recco-locating devices and two dog teams to search the debris field. They later determined that no one was caught in the avalanche.

The Hidden Canyon avalanche crown. The slide broke about 600′ wide and 2-4′ feet deep. | Photo courtesy of the UAC

Because of the Hidden Canyon accident, the UAC is asking that if you trigger an avalanche, please report it. “There is no need to put others in harm’s way if nobody is caught in the avalanche,” the UAC shared in an accident report, which can be read in full below.

Ski patrol at the debris field of the Hidden Canyon avalanche on Sunday. | Photo courtesy of the UAC

UAC Accident Report

“Avalanche out of Hidden Canyon near Brighton Ski Resort. This avalanche was on a northerly facing slope at 9,600′ in elevation. It failed roughly 600′ wide and anywhere from 2-4′ deep, running into a nasty terrain trap that terminates into thick trees. The avalanche was reported by someone else to Brighton Ski Patrol, and upon inspection, it showed two tracks entering the avalanche with no tracks coming out the bottom. Brighton & Solitude Ski Patrols were called into the scene, and they were able to use Recco, along with two dog teams, to search the debris field. Luckily it was determined that nobody was caught in this avalanche. Please, if you trigger an avalanche, report it. There is no need to put others in harm’s way if nobody is caught in the avalanche.”

 

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Hidden Canyon, UT coordinates. | Photo courtesy of the UAC

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