Four skiers killed in ‘highly dangerous’ avalanche after recent snowstorms

Four people have been killed after an avalanche in Utah on Saturday.

Officials warns of 'high danger' due to recent snowstorms and said eight people were believed to have been buried underneath snow.

Four people have died and the other four survived after digging themselves out, officials have said.

The avalanche, which happened in Millcreek Canyon's Alexander Basin, comes after another avalanche hit Utah earlier in the week and a 57-year-old man died.

Brian Schee, of KSTU, said: "The four that were alive were able to self-extricate themselves and dig out the others.

"All of them were skiers."

Reports state eight people, aged between early 20s and late 30s, had beacons, to set up as a warning signal.

Helicopters were dispatched after rescue workers received word of the avalanche at around 11.40am local time.

Sergeant Melody Cutler revealed the incident happened in an area unconnected to any nearby ski resorts.

The right skiers triggered the avalanche, according to Cutler, who said the survivors suffered only minor injuries.

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Cutler told KTVX: "There's been advisories out recently about the very high avalanche danger that exists with the current conditions.

"This is a very unfortunate circumstance with these conditions."

The Utah Avalanche Centre tweeted out a warning before the incident.

It read: "High Danger. Large natural avalanches overnight. Dangerous avalanche conditions.

"Keep it low angle. #utavy pcStetson."

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The weather service also warned of the avalanche for the mountains of northern Utah.

Initially Utah Police Department said people were possibly buried and conditions were unknown.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox took to social media to comment on the "terrible tragedy".

He wrote: "Our prayers go out to the victims and families involved.

"We are grateful to the first responders and others who engaged in this rescue and recovery effort.

"With avalanche danger high right now, please exercise extreme caution."

Earlier this week, 57-year-old, Kurt Damschroder, from Park City, was killed after he was caught under another avalanche on February 1.

He was trapped with another skier, who managed to dig their way out and attempted 'lifesaving efforts' but was forced to leave due to the dangerous disaster.

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