Snowboarder killed in avalanche in Summit County backcountry

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, Dec. 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A snowboarder died Sunday in an avalanche in the Summit County backcountry near the Canyons Village resort.

At 12:22 p.m. Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez tweeted: “We are currently working a backcountry avalanche near the ski resort with one confirmed burial. The single snowboarder has been dug out. Life saving efforts are in progress. This is NOT in the ski resort. More details to follow.”

The Utah Avalanche Center subsequently posted on its website that a 45-year-old male snowboarder left the Canyons Village of Park City via the backcountry exit gate at the top of the 9990′ lift to access Dutch Draw.

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Part of the way down the slope, in the Conehead area of Dutch Draw, he triggered and was caught and carried in the avalanche.

UAC Staff and Park City and Canyons resort avalanche professionals will investigate the scene Monday morning, the post said.

“The Conehead area of Dutch Draw along the Park City ridgeline is steep, rocky, avalanche prone terrain and was the site of an avalanche fatality in February 2012,” the post said. “The avalanche is adjacent to a cliffband on an east-northeast facing slope at roughly 9600′.”

The deceased man has not been identified pending notification of family.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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