Fatality in avalanche southeast of Alpine

UPDATE 5 p.m. Feb 18: The snowmobiler has been identified as 56-year-old Greg Stanczak of Michigan. According to the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, a group of seven to eight snowmobilers triggered an avalanche and all but one were caught. One was fully buried and did not survive. Another was reported to have been buried to the neck and another to the waist. It was reported that most if not all, except that one who was fully buried, deployed airbags. The group members were wearing avalanche transceivers and self-rescued. 

JACKSON, Wyo. — An avalanche southeast of Alpine claimed the life of a snowmobiler earlier today.

Photo: Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reported that an avalanche in the Squaw Creek Drainage of the Salt River Range resulted in the fatal slide.

According to the Jackson Hole News&Guide, the avalanche was reported at around 1:30 p.m. earlier today in the Squaw Creek area, about four miles up Greys River Road from the trailhead in Lincoln County, and included multiple snowmobile burials.

A 56-year-old man did not make it out after being buried for around 20 minutes. The name of the man has not yet been released.

Buckrail offers sincerest condolences to friends and family of the deceased.

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