Overdue skier found dead in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Jan 20, 2022, 7:42 AM | Updated: 2:02 pm

ALTA, Utah — Police say search and rescue crews located the body of an overdue skier was who reported missing in the Grizzly Gulch area Wednesday night.

Sgt. Melody Cutler with the Unified Police Department said the 68-year-old man, who was an experienced backcountry skier, told his employees he would check-in at 3 p.m. Wednesday, but he never did. Cutler said Unified police didn’t get the call from Alta about the missing skier until close to 9 p.m. They started their search right away and continued until about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

“Temperatures obviously well below freezing, which is a definite concern,” Cutler said. “Ice, the cliffs — all those dangers that exist in the backcountry.”

When they picked up the search again after 7 a.m., they were still hopeful his experience and equipment would help him get through.

The Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted in the search, and authorities said the man’s body was located around 9:22 a.m. When crews reached him by skis, they found he was already dead.

The circumstances and timing surrounding his death are still under investigation. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. But Cutler said it’s a sad reminder: don’t wait to report. “Just really important that if someone’s not back when they say they’re going to be let us know,” she said. “Earlier is always better. We would rather come out and have somebody come off the mountain on their own than not be able to locate them at all.”

Crews closed Grizzly Gulch just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday for the search and rescue operations. It had reopened by noon Thursday.

The Utah Avalanche Center said the incident was not avalanche related.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A trip to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines quickly became personnel for...

Dan Rascon

Members of Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square pay tribute to fallen US soldiers in the Philippines

Members of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square visited the largest American cemetery outside of the United States, making it a tender and special day for all.

2 hours ago

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs for the first time in the Philippines in the grand b...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs for first time in the Philippines

History was made for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square as it performed its very first concert ever in the Philippines.

5 hours ago

A volunteer dentist and a University of Utah dental student perform an examination during the "Give...

Collin Leonard, KSL.com

400 kids get free dental care during ‘Give Kids A Smile’ event

Eighty dentists, 20 hygienists and hundreds of community volunteers from across the Wasatch Front provided underprivileged families with free dental care for their children Saturday. It's become an annual event at the University of Utah's School of Dentistry.

6 hours ago

SWAT officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department stand in a driveway after they and patrol o...

Josh Ellis

Man arrested after allegedly threatening SLC first responders with gun

A 23-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning after police say he threatened emergency medical workers with a handgun.

7 hours ago

Spanish Fork police at the scene where the teen was hurt....

Andrew Adams

Police: Spanish Fork teen seriously injured after falling out of an SUV

Spanish Fork police said a 16-year-old boy was seriously injured after falling out of a moving SUV on Friday.

21 hours ago

Aftermath of an avalanche off of the Wasatch Mountains. (Courtesy: Rob Holmes)...

Brianna Chavez

Backcountry skier urges caution after triggering avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon

A backcountry skier urges other skiers to be cautious after triggering avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Overdue skier found dead in Little Cottonwood Canyon