Four Utah Skiers have been Killed in a Recent Avalanche


Kai Hetherington, Writer

Four skiers near Salt Lake City, Utah were killed in an avalanche on Saturday February 7th. Around 11:40 a.m. the local Police department received a hang-up call, then got notified of an avalanche that had trapped five people, according to Sgt. Melody Cutler. Cutler also stated that two groups were skiing, one of three, and the other of five, were skiing at the same time the avalanche started,  so they think that they caused the avalanche. Out of the eight people, four dug their way out, and the other four died. Survivors were transported out of the area via rescue service, and it is being assessed whether or not it is safe to remove the dead.

The location of the avalanche is a very popular skiing spot, and is under high risk avalanche conditions. There was a warning put out on the same day the groups went skiing stating that there were, “Dangerous avalanche conditions.” The Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has stated that, “We are grateful to the first responders and others who engaged in this rescue and recovery effort.” He has also issued a warning that people should “exercise extreme caution.” The Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has also shown sadness upon the skiers deaths by saying that she was “heartbroken” and that, “We deeply mourn the loss of life due to this devastating incident.”

The four deaths are the most recent series of deaths caused by avalanches, which makes the number of deaths nine. Another person in Utah was killed by an avalanche just a few miles from the avalanche on Saturday. An avalanche center in Utah has already made a report taking a look at the avalanche. In Colorado, three skiers who were local officials were killed in an avalanche with bodies being recovered on Wednesday. In New Hampshire, White Mountain Forest a body of a skier was recovered, dead.