WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) — The Utah Avalanche Center confirmed with ABC4 that the man has been removed from the avalanche and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The avalanche was caused by the parties involved when they were skiing, according to Dave Kelly, an avalanche forecaster from the Utah Avalanche Center.

The center lists Little Cottonwood Canyon as having “considerable” avalanche danger, which is right in the middle of the forecast scale.

“Alta reported 30 inches of new snow since the storm started, which means that there’s a lot of really fresh light snow on top of a really very weak faceted, sugary layer,” Kelly said. “And because of that, they’re the weak layers hidden underneath all this new snow.”


WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) — A man in his 20s was caught in an avalanche and injured at Little Cottonwood Canyon Tuesday afternoon, according to the Unified Police Dept.

Sgt. Melody Cutler, Unified Police, says the avalanche happened around 2:30 p.m. at Pink Pine, which lies between Red Pine and White Pine, at Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Two skiers, a man and a woman both in their 20s, were reportedly in the area when the avalanche happened. The woman was not caught in the avalanche, Cutler states.

The man, however, was caught in the avalanche, and although he was not buried, he reportedly had his teeth knocked out, his shoulder dislocated, and possibly broken ribs.

He is currently still being removed from the avalanche area, Cutler states.

No further information is available at this time.