FAIRVIEW — The body of a skier was recovered Saturday after he became buried in an avalanche outside Fairview a day earlier.
Michael Besendorfer, 26, of Nephi was found dead around noon after a search dog signaled to a spot in the snow, the Emery County Sheriff's Office confirmed.
Two men were skiing in a side canyon north of Electric Lake in Emery County on Friday afternoon when they climbed a ridgeline to ski down a steeper, northeast-facing slope, according to a report from the Utah Avalanche Center. The first man skied down, then moved out of sight of the slope to wait for Besendorfer.
When Besendorfer didn't arrive at the bottom of the slope, the first skier doubled back to find his companion and came upon the site of the avalanche, did a quick search of the surface, and went for help, according to the report. The men were not wearing avalanche transceivers.3 comments on this story
Searchers from Emery and Sanpete counties arrived at the site about 8 p.m., along with a forecaster from the Utah Avalanche Center and a Department of Public Safety helicopter. The search was suspended around midnight due to safety concerns.
Efforts resumed Saturday morning, with searchers looking by air, on snowmobiles and snow cats, and using timber sleds, skis and snowshoes, according to the Emery County Sheriff's Office. A search dog and handler were flown to the site to assist, and teams from Alta Ski Resort and Wasatch Back Country Rescue also joined.