Act Daily News
A skier was rescued on Friday in Teton County, Wyoming, close to Jackson Hole after getting caught in an avalanche and carried about 500 yards.
Matt Hansen, communication director for Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, informed Act Daily News that two skiers have been on a ski tour that started on a path head on high of Teton Pass within the backcountry.
“At midday, while using climbing skins attached to their skis, they crossed a southeast-facing slope on Rendezvous Peak when they triggered a large avalanche,” the Teton County Search and Rescue mentioned in a Facebook put up.
One of the skiers bought caught within the slide and carried about 500 yards down the mountain.
“When the avalanche stopped, he was buried up to his torso, up to about his chest, so his head was above the snow and he had one or two arms above the snow as well,” Hansen mentioned.
The skier’s companion was in a position to come to his assist and assist dig him out of the snow.
“After he was recovered by his partner, he learned he had suffered a leg injury as a result of the avalanche,” the Facebook put up mentioned.
Following the incident, the skiers referred to as authorities and knowledgeable them in regards to the avalanche, Hansen mentioned.
The skiers initially believed they might “self-rescue and ski out of the backcountry on their own,” in response to Hansen, however about an hour later they reconnected with “members of our search and rescue team on a cellular phone and they recognized that they would not be able to get out on their own and that they needed a rescue.”
A workforce was then deployed to rescue the skiers by way of helicopter and have been in a position to carry them to security.
Hansen mentioned the incident serves as a reminder for anybody going snowboarding to take correct security precautions. He advises being accustomed to avalanche security sources and to verify Avalanche.org for extra data.