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Skier injured in Little Cottonwood Canyon avalanche

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Dec 13, 2022

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — A skier was rescued after being injured during an avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Unified Police Department's canyon patrol and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue responded to the call that came at 2:15 p.m. in the area known as Pink Pine, located between Red Pine and White Pine.

The male skier, who was with a female skier in the area, was caught up in the avalanche, but not buried. The man, who officials said is in his 20s, was knocked unconscious and suffered a shoulder injury and possible broken ribs.

Rescue crews brought the man to a waiting ambulance and transported him to the hospital.

Officials said the avalanche was approximately 100 feet wide and three feet deep.

The female skier was not caught in the avalanche and was uninjured.

"This incident, as well as others that I've seen throughout my career, really speak to the essence of having a partner with you," said Utah Avalanche Center forecaster Craig Gordon. "Somebody that can help you out, somebody that can give you a hand in a tight spot."