Snowboard instructor dies in avalanche

April 4, 2006 at 10:39 PM
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SANDY, Utah, April 4 (UPI) -- A snowboard instructor from Chile was carried away by an avalanche he triggered at a Utah ski resort and suffocated under the snow.

A ski patrol found Atilio Giorgio Cremaschi Yavar buried under about 18 inches of snow, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Yavar, who was living in Sandy while he worked in Utah, was with a friend in the back country at the Brighton Ski Resort. When Yavar went to look at the view from a ridge, he disturbed a snow overhang, triggering the slide.

The avalanche carried him about 400 feet down a steep slope with jagged rocks. The friend looked for him and then went to a clinic at the bottom of the mountain for help.

Yavar was the third person to be killed by an avalanche this season.

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