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Victim in Sunday avalanche identified

Victim in Sunday avalanche identified



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Nicole Gonzales reporting Authorities have released the name of the man who died in yesterday's avalanche at The Canyons Resort near Park City. Jesse Williams, 30, was visiting from Colorado when he was caught in that avalanche and died.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office has also confirmed that the condition of the 11-year-old boy who was injured in that same avalanche has been upgraded to serious.

Officials say that these two skiers were skiing within resort boundaries. "The Canyons opened up a new run, and that's in the area they were skiing. We have no reason to believe that they were not following the rules," explained Sgt. Justin Martinez, of the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Williams and the 11-year-old were not related. The boy is from Utah and just happened to be skiing in the same area as Williams when the avalanche hit yesterday.

Resort officials are still investigating the cause of the avalanche. "We're looking at all the aspects of the avalanche, trying to determine what caused it, and we will go at it with open eyes and work hard to get all the facts we can on it," Mike Goar, of The Canyons Resort, said.

Although this avalanche did not happen in the back country, sheriff's deputies suggest taking extra precaution if you are going to go skiing out of bounds. They say bringing extra shovels, blankets, and even cell phones will help out tremendously.

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