Snowboarder caught in Utah avalanche dies

UTAH (AP) – A 45-year-old snowboarder was killed last Sunday after he was caught in an avalanche that he unintentionally triggered and was buried, according to the Utah Avalanche Centre.

The male snowboarder left Canyons Village in Park City via a back-country exit gate at the top of the 9990 lift to access Dutch Draw, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

He triggered the avalanche as he headed down the slope and came to 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. The Utah Avalanche Centre said it, along with avalanche professionals from Park City and Canyons resorts, will investigate the scene.

On the day of the accident, the Utah Avalanche Center said the danger of avalanches in the Salt Lake area was considerable.

The centre said the Conehead area is prone to avalanches and was the site of another fatality in 2012.

Photo shows a snow-covered mountainside in Summit County, Utah. PHOTO: AP