Considerable avalanche risk on northern UT slopes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Officials are warning there’s considerable danger for an avalanche Wednesday in northern Utah’s mountains.

The Utah Avalanche Center issued an alert Wednesday morning that warns danger is highest on steep slopes above 8,500 feet.

The center says snow from recent storms is sitting on top of older, looser layers and has created unstable conditions.

As winter sports enthusiasts and others head out into the mountains over the holidays, officials say there’s a “recipe for an accident.”

The same conditions created an avalanche near Alta Ski Resort on Tuesday.

Officials say no one was injured in the slide, which was 3 feet deep and 300 feet wide. It was triggered by a snowmobile.

The Avalanche Center is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and other state and local agencies.

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