Toll said the "bobsled run," is frequently traveled and is not considered by regular riders to be an avalanche-prone area.
However, the terrain is challenging, he said. "Once you commit to it, there's no turning around."
According to the Utah Avalanche Center, avalanche danger in the area on Friday was "considerable."
Hirst said the take-away lesson from the ordeal was "Always wear a beacon. That's what saved him, all of us had a beacon."
Hirst and his three brothers were well-equipped with gear and had undergone training at a recent avalanche safety course. The expertise of the sheriff's deputies and search and rescue volunteers was impressive, he said.
"I learned so much watching the search and rescue guys work, more than any class could teach me," Hirst said.
For all involved, proper preparations meant the ordeal had a happy ending, Hirst said.
He recounted what he told his party on Friday, "Everyone can go home to their wives tonight."
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