Ski patrol officer caught in avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon; no significant injuries

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — A ski patrol officer was caught in an avalanche while in Big Cottonwood Canyon Thursday and did not suffer any serious injuries.

Sgt. Melody Gray of the Unified Police Department said the avalanche occurred around 10:30 a.m. A ski patrol officer was caught in the avalanche.

Police and ski resort officials have given conflicting reports about exactly where within the canyon the avalanche occurred, but UPD stated later Thursday the avalanche happened in Solitude.

That ski patrol officer was taken to a clinic at Solitude and there do not appear to be any significant injuries, Gray said.

Avalanche danger is high in Utah after a winter storm moved through the state Wednesday. Visit the Utah Avalanche Center for the latest information on conditions and warnings. 

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