Man killed in Weber Canyon backcountry avalanche (updated) |

Man killed in Weber Canyon backcountry avalanche (updated)

One person was confirmed deceased, the second was transported to a nearby hospital

An avalanche in the Upper Weber Canyon was accidentally triggered by a group of skiers around 3:30 on Thursday. One man was killed in the avalanche. The second was excavated and transported to a nearby hospital.
Courtesy of the Utah Avalanche Center

An avalanche occurred in the Upper Weber Canyon backcountry around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Summit County Dispatch received the report and multiple agencies responded. Two men were confirmed to be buried, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Both men were located and first responders began performing life saving measures. However, one person was buried deep and wasn’t breathing. The man was confirmed deceased at the scene. The second was transported to a nearby hospital via medical helicopter. He is in stable condition.

The avalanche was triggered by a group of guided skiers, according to a preliminary report from the Utah Avalanche Center. The avalanche was 400 feet wide and four feet deep.

The Sheriff’s Office had limited information about the avalanche and those involved because of the location. Sheriff’s Office Captain Kacey Bates said new details would be released when more information becomes available.

The Utah Avalanche Center had not reported a fatality since February of 2021.

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