According to Fox 13, two skiers were separated after an avalanche occurred in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Monday night. The avalanche occurred above Alta and Snowbird in an area called the “Birthday Chute.” The run was not blocked off due to avalanche risk or any other dangerous factors. When the avalanche occurred, one friend was caught above the slide and another below. They both called 911 fearing that the other was trapped under the snow.
“We’re very lucky that this is not a recovery operation tonight. The initial word was we had somebody buried,” said Lt. Manfred Lassig with Unified Police Department.
When the police were called, they were able to locate both victims by pinpointing the location of their calls using gps systems. The skier on top of the slide had to rescued by a helicopter, while the skier below the slide was able to get down on his own. While this story had a happy ending, it could’ve been a lot worse. Thankfully, both skiers were safe and reunited after the incident. Just remember to stay safe out there by checking the forecasts, bring essential avalanche equipment, and learning backcountry safety.
“People who go up in the canyons going back into the back country need to know what they’re getting themselves into,” Lt. Lassig said.