Utah Avalanche Center warns of 4-6 foot avalanches being triggered this weekend

An avalanche which was triggered on Saturday in Cardiff Bowl above Alta.

An avalanche which was triggered on Saturday in Cardiff Bowl above Alta. (Utah Avalanche Center Wasatch)



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SALT LAKE CITY — It's the season for avalanches, and multiple have been reported over the past two days, although there have not yet been serious injuries.

The Utah Avalanche Center reported that backcountry skiers have triggered very large avalanches on Saturday, which have been up to 4-6 feet deep.

"Skiers caught, carried, airbag deployed," the center tweeted.

On Friday, a skier was carried by an avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon and was buried, but he did not have any major injuries.

The Utah Department of Transportation's Avalanche Safety Twitter account reported that U.S. Highway 189 in Provo Canyon would be intermittently closed on Sunday from Canyon Glen to Vivian Park between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is in addition to a backcountry closure on the Provo Bridal Veil-Slide Canyon on both sides of the same highway.

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