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Sheriff’s Office Urges Caution By Skiers

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In the wake of the two recent rescues involving skiers caught in avalanches, the Teton County Sheriff’s office has issued a reminder to back country users to more carefully select the terrain in which they ski. Additionally, the department urges in a recent media statement that those using the back country in the winter should consult the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website before going out. The department pointed out that the parties in both incidents were traveling in perceived “safe zones,” but in fact found themselves in very steep avalanche terrain, in known avalanche paths.  The statement goes on (quoting now), “Although the Teton County Search and Rescue team members are highly skilled, brave, and have excellent equipment, the types of rescues experienced in these two accidents present a significant risk to team members as well as [the contract] helicopter crews.”

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