UPDATE:

Dec 14, 2022 / 7:05 PM

MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4) — According to Unified Police, the skier has been rescued off the mountain and is being transported to the hospital.

“It was a very, very tricky rescue,” said Sgt. Melody Cutler with the Unified Police.

This rescue was carried out by Unified Police, Unified Fire, Salt Lake County Search and Rescue and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue.

UPDATE: Rescue efforts remain ongoing for skier injured in Neff’s Canyon avalanche

Dec 14, 2022 / 6:01 PM

MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4) — Efforts to rescue the skier stuck at Neffs Canyon remain ongoing.

Officials at the scene told ABC4 that they were able to get the skier out of the avalanche, but they are having difficulties getting him down the canyon.

He was discovered by an off-duty firefighter buried up to his chest in an avalanche around 11:45 a.m. The man reportedly suffered a broken femur and hypothermia.

Search and Rescue teams were able to reach him, and a helicopter was dispatched to see if he is in a safe location for pick-up. Unfortunately, the hoist on the helicopter was not long enough to reach him.

A friend who went up the canyon with him has been transported to the hospital.

The off-duty firefighter is reportedly still up in the canyon with him. Unified Police said he is not leaving until the skier is rescued.

ORIGINAL STORY: Skier injured, buried for 45 minutes in Neffs Canyon avalanche

MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4) — An avalanche in Neffs Canyon, located just west of Millcreek, buried and injured a skier on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Unified Police Department Sgt. Melody Cutler told ABC4 the injured skier was a 35-year-old man who had gone up Thomas Fork to enjoy the fresh snow. The man was skiing when the avalanche, estimated to be about 200 feet wide and up to three feet deep, hit around 11:45 a.m.

The man was reportedly buried up to his chest, yelling for help for 45 minutes when a Unified Fire Authority firefighter that was out recreating heard him. The firefighter was able to find the man and dig him out.

The man reportedly suffered a broken femur and hypothermia from the avalanche. Search and rescue teams are reportedly working to get the victim off of the mountain.

This is a developing story. ABC4 will update this story as more information becomes available.