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Grand Teton National Park rangers recovered the body of a backcountry skier who died in an avalanche on Sunday afternoon.30-year-old Nick Gillespie of Jackson, Wyoming, was caught in an avalanche on the southeast face of 9,277 foot Survey Peak in the northern Teton Range about 5:00 pm and died as a result of injuries suffered in the slide. Rangers enlisted the assistance of the Teton County Search and Rescue contract helicopter and crew for the recovery mission.  An investigation into the details incident is still under way, however the avalanche danger on Sunday rose to moderate between 9000 and 10,500 feet as snowy weather continued through the day.  By Monday morning, it was listed as “considerable.”  Gillespie was a long-time seasonal employee of Grand Teton National Park who worked on the park’s trail crew for the past six years.

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