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Avalanche South of Ski Area Claims Life

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A 29-year-old Jackson man has died in an early afternoon avalanche Thursday south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  Teton County Undersheriff Bob Gilliam says Michael Kazanjy of Jackson was reportedly skiing out-of-bounds in the Pucker Face Bowl below Cody Peak with five friends about 1:30 pm when the avalanche triggered, catching Kazanjy and possibly one other person.  Kazanjy was carried the full length of the slide which is estimated to have been about 600 feet.  Members of the JHMR Ski Patrol and a group of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides responded the scene to assist in the rescue.  Gilliam says rescuers quickly dug Kazanjy out and a physician was on the scene within minutes. He says the physician worked on Kazanjy for about 45 minutes before he was pronounced dead on the scene.  Teton County Search and Rescue team members were flown to the scene to recover Kazanjy’s body.  This marks the second avalanche fatality in Teton County this season.

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