Search resumes for skier trapped in avalanche near Utah resort

KATE FELDMAN, New York Daily News
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First responders resumed the search for a missing skier near Park City, Utah, early Sunday morning, a day after he and a friend accidentally triggered an avalanche.

The two friends, who have not been publicly identified, were skiing outside the Park City Mountain Canyons Village resort Saturday when they triggered the avalanche, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

One friend got trapped by the sudden snow and the other attempted to dig him out and perform lifesaving measures, but had to flee “due to the extreme avalanche danger,” officials said.

First responders were unable to continue searching for the missing skier Saturday as conditions worsened.

The Park City Fire Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue teams began searching around 7 a.m. Sunday.

“Additional new snow and recent strong southerly winds have overloaded the snowpack on many slopes at the mid and upper elevations,” the Utah Avalanche Center warned. “Any natural or human-triggered avalanche can be 2-4 1/4 u2032 deep, over a few hundred feet wide and likely unsurvivable.”