JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Teton County Search and Rescue had a busy day today, short-hauling two injured skiers.
The first of back-to-back helicopter missions came when a skier injured in an avalanche while traversing Mile Long Couloir—an out-of-bounds area near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort—needed to be short-hauled form the scene when ski patrol and other rescuers had trouble getting to the man and trying to figure out a way to get him out.
As soon as the skier was removed safely from the area, another skier became injured in the Four Pines area. It is not known whether that skier was involved in an avalanche or just injured too severely in a mishap to get out. A second short-haul operation was performed successfully in the late afternoon before darkness grounded the air unit.
Update: The Four Pines incident was a compound fracture and the condition of the other skier incident is not known at this time.