Utah County Sheriff’s Office responds to avalanche above Sundance Ski Resort

File photo of a Utah avalanche. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 7, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — An avalanche just before noon on Saturday sent safety officials rushing to the Stewart Falls area, above Sundance Ski Resort.

St. Spencer Cannon, Utah Sheriff’s Office, said but no victims have been found and all skiers known to be in the area appear to be accounted for.

“We don’t have anyone missing, but we are doing a final check to be sure,” he said. “A couple ¬†groups of people were in that area, but we have spoken to them.”

The break was about halfway between Sundance and the Aspen trailhead, Cannon said.

“It happens a few times a year,” he said. “More than that, we have snows slides that cover the highway. It’s not that often we have a serious one.”

Signs indicate the area was at considerable risk for an avalanche, Cannon said.

“It’s a good day to sit home and do a jigsaw puzzle,” Cannon said, laughing.

The Utah Avalanche Center on Saturday posted this map showing avalanche danger. Considerable danger is marked in orange, moderate in yellow. Source: utahavalanchecenter.org



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