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Snowboarder dies after triggering avalanche near Snowbasin

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SNOWBASIN — A snowboarder died Wednesday after he and a friend triggered an avalanche in Hell's Canyon, an out-of-bounds area near the Snowbasin Ski Resort.

The incident happened at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday. The Utah Avalanche Center said the slide was about 2 feet to 3 feet deep and fairly narrow, and was triggered in a steep, shallow rocky area.

Blake Ford, 21, was carried to the bottom of the gully and buried under 3 feet of snow. It took about an hour for a rescue dog to find Ford, who was not wearing an avalanche beacon.

The second individual did not sustain any injuries, according to the Weber County Sheriff's Office.

Utah Avalanche Center forecaster Evelyn Lees said there have been several human-triggered slides in the past 24 hours.

The Utah Avalanche Center warned of moderate danger in mountains near Ogden, Park City and Salt Lake.

— Viviane Vo-Duc