VICTOR, IDAHO. — At 3:20 p.m. yesterday, March 17, Teton County Search & Rescue (TCSAR) volunteers responded to a report of two skiers caught in an avalanche in the Game Creek drainage on the western slope of the Tetons.

The slide path. Photo:TCSAR

Initial reports indicated that an older man and older woman were buried and uncovered by their companions. The man was unconscious and not breathing, and companions initiated CPR. The woman was breathing, conscious, and ambulatory.

TCSAR responded via helicopter as companions on the ground continued CPR. While TCSAR was en route, it was determined that the male skier had passed away. The volunteers arrived on the scene and transported the woman out of the backcountry to a waiting ambulance.

Identification of the deceased skier is awaiting notification of next of kin.

This was Wyoming’s second avalanche fatality of the season and the first in the Tetons.

Multiple human-triggered avalanches were reported yesterday.

According to Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, A snowmobile triggered a D2.5 avalanche on Little Palisade on a north northeast aspect near 9,600ft. It broke up to three feet deep and ran approximately 800 vertical feet. In Cardiac Bowl near JHMR, a D2.5 avalanche was triggered by a nearby boot packer that ran on a northeast aspect and broke up to four feet deep.

“Both of these avalanches are repeat offenders this season. They both ran during the early January cycle,” said the BTAC report.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.