NEWS: 6 Skiers Caught In Utah Backcountry Avalanche

NEWS: 6 Skiers Caught In Utah Backcountry Avalanche

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NEWS: 6 Skiers Caught In Utah Backcountry Avalanche

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Six people were caught in an avalanche resulting in two burials Sunday afternoon in Cardiff Fork, a popular backcountry ski zone accessed in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

KSL reports the avalanche happened right before noon on Cardiac Bowl in Cardiff Fork. Six people were caught by the slide and carried approximately 100 yards when 3 to 12 inches of the entire bowl slid. A female age 20 was buried up to her shoulders and a male age 57 was buried up to his neck.

The group was prepared with avalanche equipment and were able to dig out the man and woman on their own before getting to safer area to call for help. One of the skiers was a doctor and determined the woman had suffered a knee injury and the man was uninjured.

A rescue teams made it to the group and helped get the woman down the mountain via snowmobile. The entire group made it to the Donut Falls Trailhead by 4 p.m.

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