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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Utah have released the name of the snowmobiler who died after he was buried by an avalanche.

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds tells the Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1dDkVAI ) that 39-year-old Ryan Noorda of Honeyville was snowmobiling near Whitney Reservoir in the Uintah-Cache National Forest east of Salt Lake City at about 6 p.m. Friday when he was buried. He says the man's family pulled him out of the snow, but medical responders declared him dead at the scene.

A cause of the slide hasn't been released yet.

The Utah Avalanche Center says the area had moderate to considerable avalanche risk.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which compiles national statistics, says 20 other people have died in a snow slide this winter.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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