An avalanche on the Millcreek Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States wounded four skiers and killed four others on February 6, 2021. They all had avalanche beacons, according to the Unified Police Department.
The four victims who died were Sarah Moughamian, 29, Louis Holian, 26, Stephanie Hopkins, 26, and Thomas Louis Steinbrecher, 23, FOX 13 reported. Holian, Hopkins and Steinbrecher were all from Salt Lake City while Moughamian was from Sandy, Salt Lake County.
“We are heartbroken over the tragic news of four fatalities as the result of an avalanche in the Millcreek Canyon area this afternoon,” the publication quoted Salt Lake County mayor Jenny Wilson as saying. “We deeply mourn the loss of life due to this devastating incident.”
The avalanche happened near Wilson Glade in Millcreek Canyon was 250 feet wide and 2.5 feet deep. It was accidentally triggered by the skiers, according to the preliminary report of the Utah Avalanche Center.
The skiers who survived were able to locate and dig out Holian, Hopkins, Steinbrecher and Moughamian. Aside from the UPD, the other agencies that responded to the rescue and recovery incident were Unified Fire Authority, Life Flight and Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Canyon Search and Rescue Unit.
Located in the Wasatch Mountains, the Millcreek Canyon is a popular recreation area both in the summer and in the winter. Dogs are allowed in the canyon every day.
On August 22, 1847, Brigham Young named the canyon before all of the mills that were built in and below the densely forested canyon. It is for outdoorsy people who enjoy biking and hiking.