A skier has died after becoming trapped in an avalanche in a Utah backcountry area that the public was warned to avoid after potent snowstorms.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal says the victim was skiing with two other people when the avalanche occurred Saturday morning near the Wasatch Range's Big Cottonwood Canyon, about 10 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
The victim's name wasn't immediately released.
Bruce Tremper of the Utah Avalanche Center says the group was in an area that the public was warned to stay away from after last week's snowstorms.
He says the center's latest advisory warned people to avoid steep slopes such as those found in the Kessler Peak area where the fatality occurred.
Experts say the avalanche danger has risen elsewhere across the West.