Backcountry skier rides avalanche down mountain

Monday , March 25, 2013 - 5:55 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A backcountry skier was lucky to survive an avalanche that dragged him down Mount Superior - the steep mountain facing Snowbird Resort.

The Utah Avalanche Center says the man set off an 18-inch deep avalanche on Monday from the top of the 11,000-foot mountain. He went for a ride 1,700 vertical feet down the mountain, over two rock bands.

The skier sustained only minor injuries.

Mount Superior is a popular backcountry run that falls 3,000 vertical feet to the Little Cottonwood Canyon road at steep angles - more than 40 degrees in many places.

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