Avalanche at popular backcountry spot


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An avalanche overtook the popular Dutch Canyon near Canyons Resort on Thursday afternoon.

One snowboarder was trapped under the cascade of snow for an hour before he was rescued and flown to the University of Utah Medical Center. Summit County Sheriff's office confirmed that 24-year old Timothy Robert Baker passed away not long after arriving at the hospital in extremely critical condition. There is no word if anyone else was involved.

Experts say this avalanche occurrence was unsurprising since the avalanche danger was ranked at a 4--or High Danger--making the backcountry a dangerous place to be.

Avalanche high danger warnings are still in place for the Wasatch Front and the Uintah Basin, so it may be wise to avoid the backcountry or going out of bounds at ski resorts for the time being. Make sure to check the Utah Avalanche Center website for avalanche advisories.

Take heed of any warnings before venturing out into the backcountry--that's where avalanches are more likely to occur.