Snowboarder Killed by Avalanche He Triggered

45-year-old was in Park City, Utah
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 16, 2019 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – A 45-year-old snowboarder was killed Sunday after he was caught in an avalanche that he unintentionally triggered, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. The unidentified man was making his way down the Dutch Draw slope in Park City when he set off the avalanche and was buried in snow 100 feet wide and 3 feet deep, reports NBC News. Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said rescuers dug him out, but the man couldn't be saved, per the AP.

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The Utah Avalanche Center says it, along with avalanche professionals from Park City and Canyons resorts, will investigate the scene Monday. On the day of the accident, the avalanche center said the danger of avalanches in the Salt Lake area was considerable. The center says the Conehead area is prone to avalanches and was the site of another fatality in 2012.

(Read more avalanche stories.)

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