Numerous Avalanches Documented Across Utah Over the Weekend

This past weekend, after a wave of new snow in Utah, there were a numerous amount of avalanches recorded across the state.

It is well known, or at least should be well known, that heavy snow fall and inconsistent weather patterns can increase the risk of avalanches for backcountry snowboarders and skiers.

After a very slow start to the season and a season of low snow at the beginning, the state of Utah has experienced significant snowfall this February, leading to heightened avalanche danger. Utah is a haven for snowboarders, with the proximity to the mountains as well as the affordability and the amount of professional snowboarders that live there.

On February 17th, the Utah Avalanche Center reported an incident on Mt. Superior where one skier was caught in an avalanche. Another skier then triggered a second avalanche on the same slope.

Avalanche danger ratings across Utah are currently moderate to considerable, with Logan, Ogden, Uintas, Salt Lake, and Provo rated considerable, and Skyline and Moab rated moderate. The Utah Avalanche Center's observation log recorded eight avalanche sightings on the 16th and 34 avalanche sightings on the 17th. Thankfully, there were no reported fatalities from these avalanches over the weekend.

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