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Sundance Mountain Resort closes temporarily due to avalanche

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 00:01:04-05

SUNDANCE, Utah — Sundance Mountain Resort closed early Saturday afternoon after a skier triggered an avalanche.

Around 1:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man lost his ski and it slid under a rope into an area of closed-off terrain. The area was still within resort boundaries, but "clearly marked" as being closed, a resort spokesperson said.

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The man went to fetch his ski in the off-limits area when the slide occurred, burying him up to his neck.

He was with two other skiers, who called for help. Ski patrollers responded and were able to dig him out and transport him safely out of the area via snowcat.

The resort was closed temporarily as a result and lifts were stopped. It reopened later for night skiing.

The skier did not appear to be injured but was transported to a hospital for further medical review as a precaution.

A snowboarder died earlier this month in a slide in the Dutch Draw area of Park City. There have been no other avalanche-related deaths in the 2020-21 ski season.