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Avalanche kills 4 skiers in Utah backcountry

Nine skiers killed by avalanches in past week
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Posted at 8:58 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 20:59:02-05

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Four skiers died after a large avalanche buried several people in Utah's backcountry Saturday.

The skiers were all wearing emergency beacons, and four survivors were able to dig themselves out.

Search and rescue teams worked under extremely dangerous avalanche conditions to rescue the survivors.

The two groups of skiers were in Mill Creek Canyon about 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

Police say the skiers ranged in age from 23 to 38.

Right now it appears the skiers themselves may have accidentally triggered the avalanche.

A total of 9 skiers have now died in avalanches, in three different states over the past week.