Search Underway for Missing Skier in Emery County Following Avalanche


Emery County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Personnel from Emery County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Sanpete County Search and Rescue, and Utah DPS helicopter are searching for a missing skier in a side canyon north of Electric Lake in Emery County.

Two men were skiing in the area on Friday in the late afternoon. When one man failed to complete a run, the other hiked back up to look for him and discovered an avalanche. After a quick search of the surface, he went for help.

Searchers arrived on scene around 8 p.m. A forecaster from the Utah Avalanche Center arrived to assess avalanche danger. Due to darkness and inability to assess stability of the area, ground search was limited last night. However, the Utah DPS helicopter conducted a search from the air with spotlights.

Around midnight, a decision was made to regroup Saturday morning and continue the search. UDOT will be on scene Saturday with explosives to take care of some unstable areas.

SR264 and SR31 are not impacted by search activities. The Emery County Sheriff’s Office will update this report as more information becomes available.

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