published Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Sheriff: Snowmobiler dies in avalanche in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Sheriff's officials in Utah say a snowmobiler has died after he was buried in an avalanche.

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds tells the Salt Lake Tribune that the man was snowmobiling near Whitney Reservoir in the Uintah-Cache National Forest east of Salt Lake City at about 6 p.m. Friday when he was buried. He says the man's family pulled him out of the snow, but medical responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities haven't identified him but said he was from northern Utah. No cause of the slide has been released yet.

The Utah Avalanche Center says the area had moderate to considerable avalanche risk.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which compiles national statistics, says 20 other people have died in a snow slide this winter.

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