Posted: Nov 14, 2011 12:38 PM by CNN
Updated: Nov 14, 2011 12:38 PM
SNOWBIRD, Utah - The man killed in an avalanche near Snowbird has been identified as professional free skier Matthew Jamie Pierre.
38-year-old Pierre of Big Sky, Montana was snowbording with a friend in the Gadd Valley area at around 3 p.m. when he triggered an avalanche that swept him off a rock cliff, according to UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal.
Unified Police, Unified Fire and Wasatch Back Country Rescue responded to the incident. When they arrived on-scene, Pierre was already deceased.
A Pierre is well-known in the professional skiing world, appearing in Warren Miller movies. He broke a world record in 2006 for the highest cliff jump, measured at 255 feet in the Grand Targhee Resort, Wyo.
Snowbird Resort is currently closed and no one is allowed on the resort while it is closed. The terrain is currently backcountry conditions and should be treated as such.
"This is a very sad reminder that these are backcountry conditions and that people are ultimately not allowed on the mountain as the resort is closed," said Hoyal.
Brett Kobernik with the Utah Avalanche Center said that he'd forecasted a significant avalanche probability for several areas along the Wasatch Front today, including the area where Pierre died. There were at least ten slides Sunday, nearly all of them human-triggered.