Jackson Hole Avalanche Death Today on Cody Peak

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Cody Peak and Pucker Face are a short hike from the top of the Jackson Hole Tram. They are out of bounds.

A skier was buried in a soft slab avalanche and did not survive today on legendary Cody Peak’s Pucker Face, according to Jackson Hole New & Guide.  Pucker Face is just outside the boundaries of Jackson Hole ski resort in Wyoming.  The slide occurred at 1pm today.  Pucker Face is a steep, avalanche prone face that is only a short hike from the top of the Jackson Hole tram.

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A photo of the crown. You can see the tracks where the skier entered from the top left of the photo. Photo: Brenton Reagan

Jackson Hole received 21″ of new snow just before Christmas.  The avalanche danger was rated at “MODERATE” today by the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.  The avalanche occurred at 10,300 feet on the east facing Pucker Face where the slope angle varies from about 41 to 45 degrees.

Hikers on their way to Pucker Face on Cody Peak, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Several members of the buried man’s group saw the avalanche occur and aided in digging him out.  His rescuers tried but were unable to revive him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:31pm today.  A helicopter arrived and took the victim to a local hospital.

“The incident was witnessed by numerous backcountry travelers including JHMR Backcountry Guides, who were in the vicinity.”

“The staff at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort join me in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.” – Jackson Hole ski resort

…we just found out this was our good friend.  Our condolences go out to all of his family and friends.  Earth lost a great guy today.  We’ll miss you very very much, buddy.

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2 thoughts on “Jackson Hole Avalanche Death Today on Cody Peak

  1. When I first read this article 2 days ago, I immediately thought of Mike. But then I thought there’s a million people living in Jackson Hole, what are the odds that this should be the only person I happen to know there? 🙁 RIP Mike. You’ll be greatly missed!

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