A skier was caught in an avalanche Friday afternoon in the Dutch’s Draw area near Canyons Ski Resort. After triggering the slide up near the “Goal Posts”, he was carried about 500 feet, managing to stay on top of the wash. Buried up to his neck, the skier was dug out by his party, and he luckily walked away unharmed.
According to the report from Utah Avalanche Center, the avalanche was 300 feet wide and ran 500 vertical feet. UAC received a report from the skier caught in the avalanche, who’s said to be “one of the most experienced backcountry skiers at the Canyons”.
I made a number of mistakes and ignored some obvious red flags over the last couple days. Suspect pits, natural avalanches close by and on similar aspects, noted snow “whomping” and the UAC report, all should have been clear signals to back off. I’m just glad all ended well enough, and I had a great group of partners to dig me out.” — UAC