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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Beware of Avalanche Danger in Utah's Backcountry

Heavy weekend snowfall has resulted in considerable avalanche danger in backcountry areas, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. People venturing into mountainous backcountry areas need to follow safety precautions.

A man was buried under an avalanche near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon over the weekend. He was rescued by companions without serious injury. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the incident.

Avalanche control work is done routinely in developed ski areas and along public highways and so those areas are usually safe. Backcountry areas can become very dangerous. Every year there are avalanche-related fatalities in Utah involving skiers, boarders or snowmobilers. Much of the danger can be avoided if people learn about the danger and follow safety rules.

The Utah Avalanche Center provides daily reports summarizing avalanche potential in various areas around the state. The center also conducts educational workshops and provides detailed information to help people stay safe.

Visit the Utah Avalanche Center website.


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