Today, Christmas, a snowboarder with no avalanche equipment nor avalanche training triggered a significant avalanche just outside the ski area boundaries of Park City ski resort, Utah.
This avalanche occurred only about 50-yards from the location of a fatal avalanche last week on December 15th (the man who died had no avalanche equipment nor avalanche education) in an area called Dutch Draw located just outside the boundaries of Park City ski resort.
You can still see the fatal avalanche crown in the video above to the lookers right of the avalanche occurring in the video and under the cliff band.
The snowboarder who triggered the avalanche today didn’t realize he’d triggered the avalanche, rode directly underneath the avalanche without noticing it, and was extremely lucky to not have been caught by the avalanche and subsequently hurt or killed.
Last week on December 15th 2019, a 45-year-old snowboarder left his wife & children at Park City ski resort, walked outside the ski area boundary into the backcountry without any avalanche equipment nor avalanche training, triggered an avalanche, was buried by the avalanche, and was killed by that avalanche.
On December 17th 2019, another skier triggered an avalanche only about 50-yards away from the December 15th fatal avalanche but wasn’t caught by it.
- 2nd Human-Triggered Avalanche in 3 Days in Same Spot as Slide that Killed Backcountry Utah Snowboarder
There was also an avalanche in this zone on December 13th.
We need to make better decisions in the backcountry.
We need avalanche education.
We need to never exit a ski resort boundary without avalanche gear, avalanche education, avalanche terrain experience, and at least one strong, avalanche-educated partner.
The avalanche danger was rated as “Moderate” on this slope today.