CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/01/25 - Utah - East Face Laurel Peak, La Sal Mountains

Published 2019/01/27 by Eric Trenbeath - Forecaster, UAC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: East Face Laurel Peak, La Sal Mountains
  • State: Utah
  • Date: 2019/01/25
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Snowmobiler
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowmobile


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


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


  • Slope Aspect: E
  • Site Elevation: 12200 ft
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: On the afternoon of January 25, a snowmobiler was buried in an avalanche in Dark Canyon, in the La Sal Mountains of southeastern Utah. His party attempted a rescue but was unable to locate him and night was falling. Plans were made for search and rescue efforts to resume the following day. On Saturday, January 26, members from San Juan, and Grand County Search and Rescues, Utah Department of Public Safety, and professional avalanche rescue dogs and handlers from Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Alta, and Park City Ski areas conducted recovery efforts. The body was recovered late in the afternoon.