The avalanche fatality death-toll rose in Wyoming this afternoon when a 33-year-old man was buried in an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park.
According to Teton County Coroner, Matthew Brian of Jackson and originally from Pennsylvania was killed in an avalanche at approximately 12:30 pm on Monday, February 22. Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue were called to the slide in the Broken Thumb Couloir, off the north side of 25 Short in the park.
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The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center’s Monday forecast read:
“Avalanche conditions remain dangerous at the mid and upper elevations. Backcountry travelers could easily trigger small to large wind slabs on steep, wind loaded slopes,” it said. “While these slides could kill you, involvement in a persistent deep slab avalanche almost certainly will.”
This report will be updated as more information becomes available. For current information on this accident and avalanche conditions in the area, visit the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.