Two snowmobilers from Jackson, WY were buried for hours on Christmas Eve in a large avalanche in Horseshoe Bowl on Teton Pass.
Somehow, both snowmobilers survived. One broke his femur and underwent surgery at St. John’s Medical Center yesterday.
“All of Horseshoe Bowl remote triggered and came from behind us. We didn’t see it, didn’t hear it. We were sitting on our snowmobiles chatting and the thing swept us down the debris field.” – Mikey Soderling, one of the avalanche victims
“It was beyond scary. I thought we were both going to die before Christmas. I wasn’t able to hear her voice for that first bit of time and thought I had lost her. I was beside myself.” – Mikey
“After 30 minutes I cried out and I heard her voice in the distance.” – Mikey
After 3 hours, Mikey was able to free himself from the avalanche debris. He ran to Anna and dug her out. He then dug out his snowmobile and drove them both to Teton Pass and called for an ambulance.
This couple got very lucky.
“Don’t bank on a Christmas miracle.”
“A lot of people say they’ll stay off the slopes,” Soderling said, “but they don’t think when it runs out that thing is going to run 400 yards and catch you. Don’t travel in avalanche zones. Stuff happens on the flat. We were on perfectly flat ground.” – Mikey Soderling