After receiving the patient's location, the helicopter flew directly to the site. The patient was then flown to St. John's Hospital for treatment, while the helicopter returned to the accident site to pick up the remaining SAR members and everyone returned to the hangar. Photo: TCSAR

Editor’s note: Santa’s trip on Tuesday, Dec. 15 will be weather permitting.

JACKSON, Wyo. — It’s the time of year when people in Jackson are looking to the sky for two things: fresh snow and Santa Claus. Well, this week we’ve got a lot of snow already, and meanwhile, Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) will help bring the other to elementary students throughout the county.

Santa Claus has reached out directly to Teton County Search and Rescue to see if he could squeeze in a last-minute trip from the North Pole to Jackson Hole before he gets too busy. With a weather window looking promising for Tuesday, December 15, TCSAR will be flying the Jolly Old Elf around the valley collecting letters from children and letting them get a glimpse of the man in red in action.

Some areas Santa will be visiting are Moran, Kelly, Wilson, Munger, and Alta Elementary School, along with several other locations around Jackson Hole.

“This is a very special opportunity for TCSAR volunteers to train helicopter operations with the man who knows the skies better than all of us,” said the team’s volunteer training director Anthony Stevens.

Safety is the number one priority for Santa and the volunteers, so TCSAR will wait for the skies to clear a bit. Be sure to keep your eyes open and ears perked. You may hear sleigh bells and thwock-thwock on Tuesday and hopefully, it means Santa Claus is coming to town. Weather permitting, Operation Claus is set to launch at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15.

Santa made his first appearance in Jackson this year after the Town Square lighting on Nov. 27. He could be seen throughout town hitching a ride in a firetruck with the Jackson Hole Fire Department.

Santa left his reindeer at home after he was able to hitch a ride around town with the Jackson Hole Fire Department.
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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.