A pair of backcountry skiers triggered a large avalanche on Rendezvous Peak Friday afternoon.
Teton County Search and Rescue reported that as the skiers were crossing a southeast-facing slope on Rendezvous, they set off the avalanche that carried one of them 1500 feet. He was trapped up to his chest in snow but was recovered by his partner.
After determining that they would not be able to ski out due to injuries, TCSAR volunteers boarded their helicopter and responded.
This was the team’s first active rescue mission since October 9th during what has become the busiest year ever for TCSAR.
The rescue took place at midday on Friday as weather conditions were becoming a concern. The pilot inserted two TCSAR volunteers equipped with skis, warm clothing, shelter tools, and other 24-hour gear in case deteriorating weather prevented the helicopter from returning.
Eventually, all parties were flown back to the Search and Rescue hangar in Jackson.