New Avalanche Warnings in Northern Utah

Sliding snow forecast throughout the West; how to stay safe if your are trapped.
3:00 | 12/27/13

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new avalanche warnings for this weekend ahead. After one of them turned deadly overnight. Abc's neil karlinsky on how this happened and the dramatic rescues caught on tape. Reporter:29-year-old michael kazanjy was a life long skier, who knew the risks. Yet thursday, officials say he ignored the warnings and ventured off the slopes of the jackson hole mountain resort, heading out of bounds, and triggering an avalanche on an impossibly steep, 45 degree slope. His body was found buried under six feet of snow. This is back country skiing, the resort has a boundary, they have all sorts of signage there, which says, you are leaving the resort. It is dangerous. This was kind of the worst place you could possibly go. Reporter: Again and again, we've seen near death disasters in the uncharted back country. Like this snowmobiler, dug out in the nick of time. And earlier this week, in colorado, another avalanche, this time with camera rolling, a man digs his brother out before he suffocates. Dig me out! Reporter: To get a sense of how paralyzing heavy snow can be, we did an experiment with avalanche rescuers last year. I have a hard time taking a breath, it's constricting my chest. Reporter: With warnings up this weekend for dangerous conditions in utah, resort operators are reminding adventure seekers, the back country may look fun. But it can be deadly. Neil karlinsky, abc news, seattle.

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