A 21-year-old male snowboarder with no avalanche equipment died in an avalanche in Hells Canyon (near Snowbasin ski resort), Utah today. The avalanche occurred at 8,700-feet, slid 1,500-vertical-feet, was 2-3 feet deep, and he was buried 3 feet deep. 27″ of new snow had recently fallen in the Snowbasin area.
The deceased snowboarder was located by avalanche dog.
Avalanche danger was rated as “Moderate” at the time if this avalanche.
Utah Avalanche Center Report:
“Two people entered Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon is an out-of-bounds area beyond Snowbasin’s boundary. After a few turns, the two decided to cut back and return into the area. The first person, a snowboarder, triggered a slide and was caught. Preliminary information is the slide was about 2-3 feet deep, and fairly narrow, and triggered in a steep, shallow rock area. The path is a confined gully. He was carried to the bottom and buried about 3 feet deep. He was not wearing a beacon, and found by a dog search. Significant trauma is suspected. Hell’s Canyons has had a shallow, faceted snowpack much of the season.” – Utah Avalanche Center