According to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, an inbounds avalanche buried 5 skiers today at Jackson Hole ski resort, WY.
(December 1, 2018) – Teton Village, WY – An avalanche occurred within the ski area boundary earlier today at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR). This slide, which occurred in the southern end of the Expert Chutes, was reported at approximately 9:55 am and before 10 am Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and staff were on the scene. Multiple skiers were caught in the slide, and five individuals were buried to varying degrees. Once on scene, Patrol immediately responded to the individuals caught in the slide, then Ski Patrol made a hasty search of the area with two dogs, a Recco device and beacons. A larger scale search and probing of the area to ensure no other guests were caught in the debris followed. At approximately 11:20 am JH Ski Patrol concluded the search of the area, while it remained closed to guests. The parties involved in the incident did not experience any significant injuries.
JHMR will be conducting avalanche reduction efforts this afternoon and Thunder Lift will remained closed for the day. We thank everyone who helped support this incident today; safety of our employees and guests is always our number one priority.
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, today
The Thunder Lift opened for the season today and was only open for about 2 runs before the avalanche occurred and closed the lift for the day.
Upon opening today, Jackson Hole had seen 12″ of snow in the past 24 hours and 7″ of new snow since the lifts closed yesterday.