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Posted: 3:09 PM- No victims were found buried in an avalanche that triggered a two-hour search at Deer Valley Resort late Saturday morning.
The avalanche stretched 150 to 200 feet long and just as wide as it covered Daly Chutes 5 and 6 in Empire Canyon with up to 5 feet of snow about 11:30 a.m., resort officials said.
The chutes have been closed for skiing the entire season, but rescue crews spotted tracks in the area. "In an effort to be cautious, a full-scale search was launched," resort officials said.
The resort's patrol teams immediately began probing the mountain and used two avalanche dog teams to look for possible victims. Also aiding in the search were avalanche dog teams and patrollers from neighboring Park City Mountain Resort. A medical helicopter assisted by flying over the area and using its transponders.
The Canyons Ski Patrol was placed on standby along with Summit County Search and Rescue and Park City police, the resort said.
About 1:35 p.m., the search was called off and no victims were found.
Deer Valley has received near record snowfall this season, with snow totals of over 14 feet received since opening day.