Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reports one skier was fatally injured in the Rock Spring Backcountry located south of JHMR.
At approximately 11:18 am JHMR Ski Patrol received a call reporting an accident as result of an avalanche in the backcountry south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in an unspecific location. Ski Patrol immediately sent responders to locate the scene. At approximately 11:27 am the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol arrived on the scene and confirmed the location at Ralph’s Slide, in Rock Springs in between areas known as Zero G and M & M. At the time of the slide, avalanche conditions were considerable. The avalanche was skier triggered and reported to be a minimum of two feet deep at the crown. One skier was partially buried with obvious signs of trauma and pronounced dead on the scene.
“We are saddened to report this fatality, and the staff at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort join me in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim,” commented Jerry Blann, President of JHMR. With more snow on the way, this incident reminds skiers and riders to be prepared, and understand the hazards and risks that exist in the backcountry.