One Killed in Utah Avalanche | TERRIBLE Weak Layer in Utah Right Now

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There is a absolutely frighteningly large and weak layer of faceted snow in Utah right now.  If you’re thinking of going into the Utah backcountry, you need to watch this video and search for this weak layer once out there.  There is a big strong layer of snow on top of a large, nasty weak layer.  Please watch this video and learn.

“Ryan A. Noorda and his brother Kevin are out for a day [last Friday] of riding. Late in the afternoon, they’re headed back to their RV at the Bear River Trailhead and decide to play around on a popular slope in Gold Hill Basin. At approx 17:15 Ryan climbs a north facing slope and triggers a slide which breaks well above him as he’s low on the slope. He’s caught, carried, and consequently buried several feet deep on a benched terrain feature where the bulk of the debris stacks up. Kevin begins a beacon search, locates his brother, and begins CPR. About 20 minutes elapse when Kevin flags down a local rider and his son who assist in the rescue and notify local SAR. CPR continues for an additional 20 more minutes. While heroic efforts are made to save Ryan’s life, medical crews pronounce him dead at the scene.” – Utah Avalanche Center

Gold Hill Pit

Avalanche Details:

Depth:  4 ft

Width:  200 ft

Length:  200 ft

Time:  5pm on Friday

Location:  Gold Hill, Northern Utah

Elevation:  10,200ft

Slope Angle:  39 degrees

Triggered by Victim

Avalanche Type:  Hard Slab

Weak Layer:  Depth Hoar


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