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Utah's snowpack continues to be unstable and unpredictable. Three snowmobilers experienced it firsthand while riding in Franklin Basin, Utah near the Idaho border last week. The three were out riding when one of them triggered a slide and was carried down to a tree well. He deployed his airbag but was buried under three feet of snow for around fifteen minutes before being rescued by his partners. While the rider was unresponsive upon being found by his partners, they were able to revive him and he rode back on his own sled to the trailhead. The rider who was buried provides a detailed account of the slide itself as well as his own experience in this video.
Full details of the slide and conditions can be found through Utah Avalanche Center.
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