Two skiers were killed just outside Jackson Hole ski resort in Wyoming today in the Rock Springs area. One other skier was with the two deceased skiers and that person lived.
They were “not local people — they were visitors from out of town,” according to Jackson Hole spokeswoman, Anna Cole.
The avalanche occurred at about 2pm today in the very popular and just beyond the boundary area known as Rock Springs.
Initial reports are saying that the three skiers were not prepared to be in avalanche terrain and did not have avalanche gear.
“It’s upsetting because these folks, because we don’t think they we’re properly prepared for the backcountry. They didn’t have transceivers and they apparently didn’t know the terrain very well.” – Jackson Hole spokeswoman, Anna Cole
Ski patrol received report of the avalanche at 2:28pm today when a backcountry guide saw the avalanche and reported it. Patrollers immediately found the surviving skier at Ralph’s Slide, between Zero G and M&M. The survivor reported that his two friends were missing.
Patrol found one skier by probe and had him out of the snow be 3:20pm, according to Anna Cole. Patrollers and volunteers found the other skier via probe-line at 3:32pm.
Both skiers were pronounced dead at the scene.
This was the 2nd avalanche death in Wyoming the 12th in the USA this winter. That total may rise when two currently missing people are determined to have died form avalanches. A doctor at Hatcher Pass AK, a ski instructor at Donner Pass, CA.
There has been a flurry of avalanche accidents of late with 7 avalanche deaths since New Years Day 2016.