Update: Skiers trapped, injured by Utah County avalanche rescued

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Marc 14, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Four skiers trapped Sunday by an avalanche near Pfeifferhorn Peak, above Alpine and Little Cottonwood Canyon have been  rescued.

According to a tweet by Sgt. Spencer Cannon, public information officer for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, all of the victims were off the mountain by 6:30 p.m.

Two of the skiers reportedly suffered serious leg injuries, including broken bones. One was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center and the other taken by private vehicle. 

Two other skiers sustained minor injuries in the avalanche and did not require medical attention, according to Cannon.

Air rescue crews had been unable to get to the scene earlier in the day due to dangerous weather conditions on the mountain, including low visibility, Cannon said.

Photo: Lone Peak Fire District

The idea of sending snowmobilers was also rejected due to the unstable condition of the snow, and fears of starting additional avalanches.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter managed to ferry the injured skiers off the mountain and to waiting medical personnel.

Gephardt Daily will have more information as it becomes available.

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