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Avalanche 2- Canyons

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Here.  Snowpack very unstable this year in general. Tons of control work being done in the Cottonwoods this week, road closings, took patrol four hours to clear Ballroom/Shoulder at Alta today. Big slides. This was Dutch Draw, just off Canyons, OB, a killer. Sympathy to the family.

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"No one in Baker's group was equipped with avalanche rescue equipment"

 

Seriously!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by voriand View Post

"No one in Baker's group was equipped with avalanche rescue equipment"

 

Seriously!!!!!!



It is dirt-common for skiers to pop into Dutch without it.   It shouldn't be, but it is.

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Originally Posted by voriand View Post

"No one in Baker's group was equipped with avalanche rescue equipment"

 

Seriously!!!!!!


"Rescuers were unable to access the area with snowmobiles and had to ski down the slope to reach the area where witnesses indicated Baker was buried. According to Dean Cardinale with Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, members of Baker's group had located him prior to rescue crews arriving by using ski poles as probes. "

 

"Seriously" is right. Assuming the snowboarders all wore packs, there is no reason why they couldn't stuff a few extra pounds (shovel, probe, transceiver) into them. It was likely one of their last runs of the day.  Very sad.

 

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It is dirt-common for skiers to pop into Dutch without it.   It shouldn't be, but it is.


So true.  I've skiied Canyons for years and I constantly see people go through that gate without any sort of gear.  I think people figure that because of how close to the resort it is, it's safe, even though there are HUGE signs telling them otherwise.  Saddening, but not the slightest bit unexpected.

 

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