Teton Park Avalanche Catches Four

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The Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received an emergency call at approximately 2:30 p.m.on Sunday about several skiers involved in an avalanche in the Olive Oil area in southeast Grand Teton National Park.  Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue members responded jointly.

A group of four skiers were on the east face of Olive Oil when one of them triggered the avalanche. All of the skiers were caught in the slide, which was estimated at 40-feet wide and two to three feet deep. One of the skiers was able to dial 911 and reach Teton Interagency Dispatch Center.
The Search and Rescue helicopter responded. One of the skiers, Stanley Edwards, age 52 of Driggs, Idaho, suffered injuries and was short-hauled to a landing zone at Teton Village where he was then transported to St. John’s Health. The other three skiers were able to ski out with emergency responders.
Anyone planning to recreate in the backcountry should visit the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center at to read and understand the avalanche forecast and listen to daily reports on Jackson Hole Radio.
Anyone recreating in avalanche terrain should practice safe travel practices.

Check conditions here: https://www.jhavalanche.org

 

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