An avalanche forecaster died Thursday night in an avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
When Craig Patterson, 34, didn't come home on time, his family in Park City called his co-workers at the Utah Department of Transportation, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. UDOT in turn called 911 to report him missing about 7:39 p.m.
A Life Flight helicopter flew into the canyon while there was still daylight, and crews spotted Patterson's body in the Cardiff Fork area. He had been out checking snow stability when it appears he got caught in an avalanche, Hoyal said, though his body wasn't ultimately buried in the snowslide.