4 Skiers Charged In Closure Violation

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Closed For Season

The four individuals who ignored the closure of access to the back country of Grand Teton National Park from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort during a period of severe weather earlier this year have been cited under federal law. The action of the four resulted in search and rescue operations during dangerous avalanche conditions that put the rescuers at risk as well as themselves. 24-year-old Andrew Richards of Jackson, 28-year-old Ruth Schwietert of Jackson, 32-year-old Natalie Burns of Breckenridge, Colorado, and 25-year-old Joseph Higgins of Portsmouth, New Hampshire each received two citations requiring a mandatory court appearance. Citations are for violation of an emergency boundary closure and disorderly conduct with creation of a hazardous condition. Each citation carries a maximum penalty of up to $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

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