Even a week into spring, avalanche dangers continue.
The Utah Avalanche Center said the recent storms have left dangerous conditions.
"It's a very complex snowpack," said Bruce Temper, Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center director.
"The winter's not over yet. We'll continue to have some tricky avalanche conditions until the end of the month."
Usually, Utah has fairly stable snow at this time of year, with most avalanches happening early in spring.
But a snowboarder found out firsthand about the hazardous conditions Saturday after hiking up Malan's Peak in hopes of riding the mountain down.
LifeFlight helicopters had to hoist up Michael Clary, 29, after he triggered an avalanche.
Clary managed to dig himself out and use his cellular phone to call Weber Area Dispatch.
The snowboarder made his way down to the trail and was to be lifted off and taken to a nearby hospital to treat an injured knee.
In Sanpete County, three skiers had to be rescued off of Horseshoe Mountain after triggering an avalanche Saturday as well.
The danger spreads across the area, Temper said, mostly because snowstorms keep coming and putting weight on the snowpack.
"You just keep adding up that weight, and it makes for more avalanches," Temper said.
Even with the dangerous conditions, Temper said, avalanches are usually easily preventable, as most are triggered by the victim or someone in the victim's party.
He encourages people traveling through the backcountry, where avalanches almost exclusively occur, to take awareness classes and visit the education link on the center's website at http://utahavalanchecenter.org.
"Get some education so you can avoid some obvious mistakes," Temper said.
"I think the next week is going to be tricky, but there are a lot of safe places you can go."
Although the center is done offering classes for the season, private companies may still have some available.
Along with classes, Temper recommends taking along the right equipment, such as an avalanche beacon and an avalanche airbag.
People in the Ogden area who have triggered an avalanche can call Snowbasin Patrol Dispatch at 801-620-1017.
According to the avalanche center, rescue teams can be exposed to significant hazards when responding to avalanches, and do not want to do so when unneeded.