Utah Authorities Identify Snowmobiler Killed In Avalanche

Feb 11, 2019

Authorities say a central Utah man is dead after an avalanche buried him while he was snowmobiling about 45 miles northwest of Salt Lake City. On Saturday, 49-year-old Jason Lyman was killed in an avalanche accident on the west side of Humpy Peak in the East Fork of the Chalk Creek drainage.

Summit County Sheriff's officials say the slide triggered Saturday afternoon near Coalville trapped Lyman in deep snow. Lyman was riding with a friend and his friend's son. They were able to dig him out after about half an hour. They administered lifesaving efforts for more than 40 minutes until emergency personnel arrived.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter rushed Lyman to a hospital, but he was declared dead. Saturday's death was the second last week due to avalanche. Friday, 41-year-old Brad Stapley of St. George was caught and killed in an avalanche east of Beaver, UT near Circleville Mountain.

The Utah Avalanche Center is warning of considerable avalanche danger in most higher elevation areas of the state.