Professional skier Bryce Newcomb remains in a critical condition after a cornice gave way under his own weight while atop Cody Peak, just outside the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boundary, sending him tumbling out of control.
The skier fell roughly 1,000 feet down a rocky, exposed area between Four Shadows and No Shadows couloirs before coming to a full stop. Jackson Hole ski patrol were promptly notified of the accident.
Ski patrol reached the victim at 10:58 am. Upon arriving on the scene, they called Teton County Search and Rescue for assistance with a short-haul helicopter evacuation. After successfully extracting the victim, S&R personnel transported Newcomb to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he remains in critical condition.
Grand Teton National Park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers who were training at Munger Mountain dropped what they were doing and also rushed to the scene.
“He sustained traumatic injuries,” said Tim Ciocarlan, incident commander for the rescue.
Emergency responders took Newcomb by short-haul to the Ranch parking lot, where a helicopter rushed him to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
As of Tuesday night, he remained there in critical condition, according to the hospital’s public relations specialist.
The 30-year-old, a good friend of SnowBrains co-founder and fellow professional skier Miles Clark, grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho, and has lived in Jackson for a few years.