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Date: 2008-12-26
Submitted By: Utah Avalanche Center; Tremper
Place: North of Little Water Peak
State: UT
Country: USA
Summary: 1 skier caught, buried, and rescued alive by companions

A very happy ending occurred yesterday following a deep, full burial of a backcountry skier just north of Little Water Peak along the Big Cottonwood - Mill Creek divide. A slide broke out above the 3rd person as a party of 4 was breaking trail back up a 30 degree, northeast facing slope at about 8,900 feet. The slide was 4' deep by 100' wide and ran only 100', but pinned the person against a tree, beneath 6 feet of snow. A rapid beacon search by experienced partners, hard digging reached a blue and unresponsive friend. A few quick rescue breaths helped him come around and he was able to ski out. The rescuer regularly practices realistic, deep burials, which he credits for the fast recovery. An accident report has been posted.