Ski Patroller Partially Buried & Hospitalized in In-Bounds Avalanche at Snowbasin, UT Today

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Stock image of Needles gondola at Snowbasin, UT.
Stock image of Needles gondola at Snowbasin, UT.

Officials have confirmed that 42-year-old Snowbasin, UT ski patroller Mike Erickson was caught in an avalanche and injured while performing avalanche control at Snowbasin this morning.  Mike pulled his airbag and was partially buried when the avalanche came to a stop.

Mike reports hearing a ‘pop’ then feeling the avalanche sweep him off his feet and thrash him through several trees.  The avalanche broke above him.

Snowbasin, UT today at 11:45am
Snowbasin, UT today at 11:45am

Mike was dug up by two other ski patrollers who were nearby.  Mike was injured in the avalanche and brought down the mountain by toboggan.  He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for his injuries.

“The safety of Snowbasin Resort guests and staff is of the utmost importance to us.  All Snowbasin Resort ski patrollers are equipped with beacons, airbags and avalanche rescue gear.” – Snowbasin’s Tess Hobbs

Utah is currently under an Avalanche Warning and the avalanche danger in the Snowbasin are is currently ranked as “High”.

Our hearts go out to Mike and we’re hoping for a speedy recovery.  Thanks for all your service on the mountain, Mike.  Ski patrollers do so much for us out there and we greatly appreciate all of it.

RED= High Avy danger today. image: utah avalanche center
RED= High Avy danger today. image: utah avalanche center

AVALANCHE WARNING for UTAH:

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING
FOREST SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER SALT LAKE CITY UT
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SALT LAKE CITY UT
340 PM MST MON DEC 21 2015

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
FOREST SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER.

THE FOREST SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER IN SALT LAKE CITY HAS
ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 3:30 PM MST MONDAY TO 6 AM MST WEDNESDAY

* AFFECTED AREA...ALL THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL UTAH
  AND SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO TO INCLUDE THE WASATCH RANGE, THE BEAR
  RIVER RANGE, THE WESTERN UINTAS AND THE MANTI-SKYLINE PLATEAU.
  OTHER MOUNTAIN RANGES WILL LIKELY BE AFFECTED AS WELL

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS
  HIGH

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS IS CREATING
  WIDESPREAD AREAS OF UNSTABLE SNOW. BOTH HUMAN TRIGGERED AND
  NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY AND WILL OCCUR IN MANY AREAS. STAY
  OFF OF AND OUT FROM UNDER SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES.

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