Christmas Morning Avalanche Nearly Sweeps Away Park City Snowboarder

Christmas Morning Avalanche Nearly Sweeps Away Park City Snowboarder

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Christmas Morning Avalanche Nearly Sweeps Away Park City Snowboarder

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Gnarly avalanche footage from Christmas morning on the Park City Ridgeline filmed by Matt Baydala. The snowboarder involved seemed oblivious to the danger behind him and was not carrying any avalanche equipment. Here’s what Matt had to say about the incident:

“Almost witnessed this man get caught and buried in this storm slab avalanche today on the Park City Ridgeline. Felt helpless just watching this happen in almost the exact same spot of the fatal avalanche last week. I waited to speak to this snowboarder, to let him know what just occurred. He like so many that leave the backcountry gates didn’t have any avalanche equipment or even a beacon. I explained to him just how lucky he was, he told me he has been skiing here for 20 years and just didn’t think it was steep enough to side, which I thought was just absurd! I am relieved this man didn’t get seriously hurt or killed on this Christmas morning and he gets to return home to his family.”

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Almost witnessed this man get caught and buried in this storm slab #avalanche today on the Park City Ridgeline. Felt helpless just watching this happen in almost the exact same spot of the fatal avalanche last week. I waited to speak to this snowboarder, to let him know what just occurred. He like so many that leave the backcountry gates didn’t have any avalanche equipment or even a beacon. I explained to him just how lucky he was, he told me he has been skiing here for 20 years and just didn’t think it was steep enough to side, which I thought was just absurd! People #knowbeforeyougo @utavy @skiutah . I am relieved this man didn’t get seriously hurt or killed on this Christmas morning and he gets to return home to his family … @wasatchsnowforecast @powderchasers @powderbuoy

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