After an avalanche closed down Provo Canyon, a Utah man decided to bypass the two and a half hour detour with a little backcountry skiing.
Q13 FOX reports Utahn William Perry was heading back from a day of skiing in Park City Friday afternoon when a pair of avalanches closed down the canyon road he needed to take to get home:
“I just ditched my car, I had all of my backcountry ski gear in the back. I’ve got an avalanche probe, beacon, a bivvy bag, shovel, an emergency blanket, extra water, headlamp. I got all the gear, so I figured why not? I just went around everyone that was doing all of the avalanche clearing. I think I got some interesting laughs from people”
Perry toured along the Provo River until some UDOT workers caught up to him:
“They were like, ‘Hey, hurry up because we’re going to start doing blasting in about 20 minutes.”
So he jumped out of his skis and actually hitched a ride with them instead:
“He just gave us a ride to the mouth of the canyon and the police officer was like, ‘Yeah man, sounds good!’”
Provo Canyon remained closed under four hours while UDOT crews completed avalanche mitigation. The road reopened just before 9 p.m. Friday.