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Man Injured in Avalanche Airlifted to Safety

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A Colorado Springs man was airlifted to safety Saturday afternoon after he and two companions were involved an avalanche shortly before 4:00 pm in the M & M Coulior south of Jackson Hole Ski Resort. The three were reportedly boot-packing in the area when the snow released, sweeping two over a cliff.  Undersheriff Bob Gilliam says 61 year-old Paul Biggs was caught in the avalanche and suffered a broken leg while a companion caught in the slide with him was swept to the side and unhurt.  The third was not caught.  Gilliam says the man who escaped injury went to the aid of Biggs will the third who was not in the avalanche went back in-bounds to seek help from the ski patrol.  Gilliam says five patrollers responded to the scene and three members of the Teton County Search and Rescue team flew in and placed Biggs on the helicopter to be taken to Teton Village.  From there, Biggs was taken by ground ambulance to St. John’s Medical Center for treatment.

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