An avalanche in Dutch Draw buried a 31-year-old man from Clinton, Utah today near Park City Resort in Utah. Town Lift reports that the man was evacuated by helicopter to medical treatment. His condition is currently unknown.
Today’s avalanche that buried the man happened in Dutch Draw, which is the exact same location where a snowboarder was killed in 2019 when he exited Park City Resort through a backcountry gate near the 9990 Chair. According to Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright who spoke with KSL News, Dutch Draw is an area that frequently avalanches.
It’s especially dangerous because it can be accessed from the Canyons Resort (part of Park City Resort), and people without proper backcountry gear or education are often tempted to ski the fresh powder that often lingers just on the other side of the gate.
The video above was taken by Chris Beckett while on the Tombstone lift, according to Town Lift. Two helicopters and a view of the avalanche are visible in this footage.
Avalanche Update – teams are working to make the area safe so they can begin search efforts. Based on firsthand witness information, we believe one adult male has been buried in the avalanche. The avalanche occurred in the Dutch Draw area of the backcountry. pic.twitter.com/QvG52BBZTj
— Sheriff Justin (@SummitCountySO) January 8, 2021