PARK CITY — One person was buried in an avalanche outside resort boundaries near Canyons Village at Park City Saturday and rescuers were unable to get to the area before nightfall.
The avalanche occurred at 3:26 p.m. in the backcountry area known as Square Top and was triggered by two skiers, Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said in a statement. One of the skiers was caught in the avalanche.
The friend was able to dig to the victim and attempted lifesaving efforts,” Wright said. “Because of the extreme avalanche danger in the area, the friend had to leave.”
Rescue crews attempted to go to the area, but the dangerous conditions prevented them from getting there before nightfall. Wright said rescue operations will resume Sunday morning.
Utah Avalanche Center officials said the area, which is steep and rocky, is known for producing avalanches.
No other details were provided.
“The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to use extreme caution when entering the backcountry. People should check avalanche conditions at the Utah Avalanche Center, avoid areas where there is avalanche danger, and be prepared with the proper equipment,” the lieutenant said.