A group of 5 was riding in the Monte Cristo area just north of Eccles Peak under a slope called Whiskey HIll. One member of the group stayed in a big meadow to the east while the other four members rode into the run out zone of Whiskey Hill on the northern end (looker’s right side).
One person saw the avalanche breaking and yelled to the other three. The tried to get away but all 4 were caught and partially buried. Three were able to get out on their own. The fourth deployed his air bag backpack. He was buried face down with only one boot and part of his air bag showing. The other three dug him out.
They knew the avalanche danger was high because they had heard it mentioned in local news stations. They all had avalanche transceivers, but not all of them had probes. It is unclear how many had shovels.
**Information From: Utah Avalanche Center **