SALT LAKE CITY -- A ski resort memorial service is planned for a 24-year-old Salt Lake City man who died over the weekend in a Utah backcountry avalanche.
Friends posted on Facebook that they're holding a service for Alecsander Barton Thursday evening at Solitude Mountain Resort.
Barton triggered an avalanche Saturday after he started to descend Kessler Peak into Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.
Two other male companions -- a snowboarder and a skier -- watched as Barton was swept 2,400 feet down the slope. The other men escaped unharmed.
The death marks the ninth avalanche fatality in the West this season. Police say backcountry conditions are extremely dangerous and the public should stay away from steep terrain.