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Millcreek avalanche a reminder of Utah's dangerous history

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 23:13:03-05

SALT LAKE CITY — As the investigation into the avalanche deaths of four skiers in Millcreek Canyon continues Saturday, the incident is a reminder of the dangers of Utah's mountains.

Since the Utah Avalanche Center first began recording avalanches in the state in 1958, there have been 124 deaths.

Saturday's Millcreek event ties the deadliest on record, equal to an avalanche that also killed four skiers nearly 29 years ago on Feb. 12, 1992, in the Gold Basin of Moab.
After the Moab incident, there have been just two avalanches that killed more than two people: 1997 in Logan and 2003 in Provo, both of which were caused by natural conditions.

Before Saturday's incident, the last multi-death avalanche in Utah came in 2013 when a snowmobiler caused a slide that killed two near the West Fork Duchesne River.

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