Two Snowmobilers Safe After Utah Avalanche

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The following information comes from the Utah Avalanche Center (www.utahavalanchecenter.org).

Accident and Rescue Summary

A close call occurred this afternoon (Dec. 7) when two riders were caught and carried by a scary avalanche just north of the Idaho state line in the Bear River Range.

The party of four was riding a bit northeast of Corral Hollow, near the ridge between Franklin Basin and Egan Basin. The avalanche happened on a northeast facing slope at around 9000-foot in elevation, while two of the riders were dealing with a stuck sled about 60 feet below the main ridge.

The third rider had turned out of the gully below the two, and was below and well out of the way when the forth rider triggered the avalanche from the ridge. The avalanche involving wind drifted snow only ran about 100 feet, but it swept up the two riders and sleds in its path. One deployed his airbag and ended up on top of the debris. The other was partially buried with only one leg sticking out of the snow. Luckily, neither rider was injured.

Both riders are quite okay, and they were able to ride their sleds out of the backcountry this afternoon.

Accident: Egan Basin

Observer Name

Matthew Jensen

Observation Date

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Avalanche Date

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Region

Logan » Southeast Idaho » Egan Basin

Location Name or Route

Ridge northeast of Corral Hollow, between Franklin Basin and Egan Basin

Elevation

9,000 feet

Aspect

Northeast

Slope Angle

Unknown

Trigger

Snowmobiler

Trigger: additional info

Unintentionally Triggered

Avalanche Type

Soft Slab

Avalanche Problem

Wind Drifted Snow

Weak Layer

Facets

Depth

15 inches

Width

50 feet

Vertical

100 feet

Carried

2

Caught

2

Buried - Partly

1

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