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Two Backcountry Skiers Evade Avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Two Backcountry Skiers Evade Avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon



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(KSL News) We heard reports of an avalanche over our scanners this afternoon. Search and rescue crews were called out to Little Cottonwood Canyon, near Snowbird, fearing two skiers got caught in the slide. Chopper Five hovered over the scene as well.

The two skiers made it down the mountain on their own and told authorities about the slide. They said they saw no other tracks up there.

Two Backcountry Skiers Evade Avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Deputy Lenny Bruno, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "This time of year the snow is unstable. It's been unstable for quite some time. When you are doing backcountry skiing, the wet, heavy snow will tend to slip out from underneath you. You get caught in it, and it's really hard to ski out of."

Officials reiterated again the importance of checking the avalanche conditions, especially if you're headed out of bounds.

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