Most of the state's backcountry mountain slopes were put under an avalanche warning going into the weekend in the wake of a snow slide that killed a Salt Lake City man in Summit County's Dutch Canyon.
The Utah Avalanche Center issued "red" or high risks for potentially deadly slides for the mountains stretching from Salt Lake City to Provo, as well as the western Uintas and the Manti-Skyline area. The exceptions to the high avalanche risk rating were Logan and Ogden, which rated "orange," or considerable risk grades.
On Thursday afternoon, 24-year-old snowboarder Timothy Robert Baker died when he was caught in an avalanche that occurred outside the boundaries of The Canyons resort, near the Ninety-Nine 90 Express lift. Friday morning, another avalanche was reported in the Monte Cristo area near the Rich-Weber county border. A snowmobiler escaped with a broken leg, authorities said.