On Sunday, June 26th, 51-year-old Mark Horsley, of Riverside, Utah, died in a snowmobile accident on Bald Mountain, in the Uinta mountain range.
Joe Donnell, the Rockport State Park Manager, reported that Horsley’s snowmobile went out of control and slid over a 30-foot cliff. The accident occurred when Horsley drove to help another snowmobile rider whose vehicle had got stuck. Witnesses called 911 and guided search and rescue teams to the location, but Horsley was pronounced dead on the scene.
One of the unique dangers of late-season snow is late-season snow accidents. With snowpack light and icy from melting and refreezing, snow enthusiasts take extra risk by hitting the slopes. Donnell says this is “probably the latest snowmobile fatality we’ve ever had.”