The avalanche was reported at 2:49 p.m. yesterday Dec. 17. Photo: Courtesy Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center

IDAHO — The bodies of two juvenile males were recovered from an avalanche that occurred yesterday afternoon, Dec. 17,  near Relay Ridge in the vicinity of Ryan Ridge west of Driggs, according to the Teton County Idaho Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 2:49 PM, the Teton County Idaho Sheriff’s Office received a report that an avalanche occurred. The reporting party advised the Sheriff’s Office that one person was riding a snowmobile and another was skiing at the time the avalanche occurred, both were buried.

According to Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, the soft slab avalanche was triggered by the snowmobile on a 36-40 degree slope angle.

Search and Rescue teams from Teton County Idaho, Madison County and Teton County, Wyoming as well as Air Idaho took part in rescue operations at the scene.

The cause of the avalanche is under investigation. The names of the deceased juveniles are being withheld at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages all persons to make themselves aware of avalanche conditions and other adverse weather conditions before recreating in backcountry areas.

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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.