Two separate snowmobile avalanche fatalities occurred in the mountains of Utah in the last 3 days. The first happened on February 7th in the Tushar mountains of Southwest Utah followed by a second incident in The Uinta Mountains on February 9th. Travel with extreme caution in the Utah backcountry because avalanche conditions persist. Here is Utah Avalanche Center’s coverage of the accidents.
“A snowmobiler was caught, fully buried, and killed in an avalanche yesterday (Feb 7, 2019) in the Tushar mountains of Southwest Utah, just east of the town of Beaver. His body was recovered the following day by beaver county search and rescue and many other agencies and organizations. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. A full report will be available within the next couple days.”–Utah Avalanche Center
“Details are just emerging but here’s what we know. We will visit the site tomorrow. 49 yr old man from Mona, UT, riding with friend and 14 year old son. Climbing chute. 3rd of 4th try avy breaks 500 yards wide with 8 foot crown. Victim buried near bottom of slide but 10 feet above the sled. 4 to 5 feet deep. He had a beacon and friend had a beacon but not skilled at its use. No Probe. Took estimated 30-40 minutes to dig out.”-Utah Avalanche Center
images from Utah Avalanche Center