HUNTSVILLE, UT – The life of a snowboarder ended prematurely after being killed in an avalanche outside the ropes of the Snowbasin Ski Resort. According to the Utah Avalanche Center the snowboarder was found buried under 3 feet of snow via the assistance of a search dog as the snowboarder was NOT wearing an avalanche beacon.
Recent Avalanche Activity
Snowbasin had received 17″ of new light density snow in a 48 period. The (3/4/15) Utah Avalanche Center Advisory stated the following problems:
“In the Ogden area mountains, soft slabs and sluffs were easily triggered yesterday, especially during the periods of heavy snowfall and in wind drifted terrain. These were large enough to bury a person.”
The recent storm snow was not bonding well to the snowpack as mentioned in the Utah Avalanche Center Advisory on 3/4/15.
The fatal avalanche occurred on a North Facing slope at 8,700 feet in elevation.
Unfortunately it seems like the snowboarder that died today was not an experience backcountry traveler. Anytime you leave the confides of a ski resort in search of fresh snow you must always be wearing an avalanche beacon.
That being said tools alone will not save your life in the backcountry. Education is key!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims friends and family and the ski patrol that responded to the scene.