Local snowmobilers survive avalanches

Two local snowmobilers are lucky to be alive this week after triggering an avalanche in Idaho, just north of Beaver Mountain. Tanner Gittens and Nate Smoot were attempting to descend a hillside in the Hidden Lake Area on Monday when Smoot’s sled triggered the 3.5-feet deep 60-feet wide slide.Gittens captured the event on video which shows Smoot jumping off his snowmobile and grabbing a small aspen tree. Smoot was able to hang on and avoid injury in the avalanche.According to their report with the

<a href=”http://utahavalanchecenter.org/avalanche_list/logan”>Utah Avalanche Center</a>

, Gittens and Smoot estimate the avalanche went 500 to 600 feet down the mountain into a group of pine trees. Smoot’s snowmobile sustained significant damage in the slide. An avalanche was reported Wednesday in the Franklin Basin area. The rider triggered the slide and was carried by a three feet deep and 200 feet wide avalanche in Crescent Lake Canyon out of Franklin Basin.According to the UAC, the rider was able to stay on his sled and ride out of the flowing debris before it ran through some large trees, leaving snow plastered over 12 feet up the thick tree trunks.Another avalanche was reported Wednesday along the Naomi Trail, second bench. A rider triggered a large hard slab avalanche and was caught, carried, and mostly buried. The UAC says the rider was able to deploy his back pack air-bag, which likely kept him from a deep burial in very deep and extensive debris. The rider was mostly buried and recovered by his party. The incident remains under investigation.Avalanche danger remains high in Northern Utah’s and Southern Idaho’s back country and officials urge extreme caution.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!