A large avalanche on Taylor Mountain just west of Teton Pass prompted a search and rescue effort on Wednesday, April 1. Teams from Teton County Search and Rescue and Wyoming Department of Transportation searched the avalanche path and debris pile on the south face of the 10,352-foot mountain.
By nightfall, the search was called off as the teams could not locate a snowboarder last seen descending the mountain by his partner after the avalanche was triggered. The teams used avalanche beacons, a probe line of seven people, and a drone. Inclement weather prevented the use of a helicopter.
Given the ongoing status of the search, TCSAR is asking everyone to stay off of Taylor Mountain on Thursday, April 2. Coal Creek parking lot will be closed. Even though other areas of Teton Pass will be open, backcountry users are being asked to avoid Teton Pass altogether, as the search will entail a massive effort.
The public is reminded to use extra caution in the backcountry during the ongoing health crisis.