CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/01/18 - Utah - Electric Lake, Manti Skyline

Published 2019/01/19 by Brett Kobernik - Forecaster, UAC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Electric Lake, Manti Skyline
  • State: Utah
  • Date: 2019/01/18
  • Time: Unknown
  • Summary Description: 1 backcountry tourer caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 1
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1

Avalanche

  • Type: --
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: NE
  • Site Elevation: 9400 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

Two skiers went for a late afternoon ski tour near Electric Lake. They made at least one run down a low angle northeast facing slope. They ascended a ridgeline and for their last run chose a steeper northeast facing slope.  The first skier successfully skied to the bottom and waited for his partner out of sight of the slope.  When his partner did not show up, he climbed back up a short distance and found an avalanche.  He did a quick search on the surface of the avalanche debris but did not find his partner or any clues. They were not wearing avalanche transceivers, and he called for help.

Emery and Sanpete County search and rescue arrived at the scene around 8pm. Inability to assess avalanche danger on adjacent slopes, mainly due to darkness, did not allow the rescue teams to get onto the debris. A helicopter searched from the air with spot lights. At midnight the decision was made to regroup Saturday morning and continue the search. The search resumed on Saturday. A search dog alerted and the victim was recovered at noon.

UAC report