Snowboarder Ignores Friday The 13th Omen, Dies In Avalanche

The site of the deadly avalanche on Sunday, December 15, which happened two days after another slide. (Utah Avalanche Center/Canyons Snow Safety, Fair Use)

A 45-year-old snowboarder in Utah was killed Sunday after he triggered an avalanche that buried him under several feet of snow, according to officials.

The Utah Avalanche Center said the male snowboarder left Canyons Village in Park City through a backcountry gate at the top of the 9990 lift to access Dutch Drew.

The 45-year-old was partway down the slope when he trigged the avalanche around 11 a.m. and was caught, carried, and killed in the steep, rocky Conehead area of Dutch Draw.

Sheriff Justin Martinez of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the snowboarder was dug out and lifesaving efforts were performed on him, but that he ultimately died.

“There was one set of tracks in and no tracks out,” Lt. Andrew Wright with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office told FOX13.

Wright said the estimated size of the avalanche was between 180-feet wide with about a 600-foot vertical drop that was a “pretty significant slide.” Officials believe the man was buried for between 25 to 45 minutes until two passersby found him.

“Two individuals came across the avalanche debris field and saw a snowboard sticking out of the snow,” Wright told FOX13. “These individuals dug him out and immediately started doing CPR.”

The man was taken off the mountain then died of his injuries … Read more.