USFS Utah Avalanche Center volunteers Armin Howell, Steve Evers and Chris Benson installed an avalanche beacon training park at the Geyser Pass trailhead over the weekend. Winter backcountry users are encouraged to use it to practice their avalanche rescue skills.
To access the park, proceed beyond the yellow avalanche terrain and beacon checker sign to a mounted box in the center of the meadow. Open the box and flip on the switches to activate buried beacons. Locate the buried beacons and strike them with your probe.
Six people have died in avalanches in the La Sal Mountains over the years, and a backcountry snowboarder was killed in northern Utah on Dec. 15. Proficiency with avalanche rescue gear greatly increases one’s chances of survival, officials say.