Four skiers killed, four rescued after avalanche in Utah

Four skiers killed, four rescued after avalanche in Utah

Utah police said four skiers died and four others were rescued after an avalanche Saturday in a remote ski area near Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake City Joint Police Department received a call around 11:40 a.m. Saturday, followed by a report of an avalanche in the Wilson Basin area and five people trapped. It was later learned that two groups of skiers totaling eight people had been caught in the avalanche.

Experts believe the avalanche was caused by group skiing. “Four of those skiers were able to get out, the remaining four of them died,” police said. They are all in their 20s and 30s.

The survivors were successfully evacuated. The area where the avalanche occurred is “a very popular skiing area.” Wilson Basin is near Millcreek Canyon, about 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.