Slide in Spacewalk Couloir injures man

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A skier-triggered avalanche out of bounds yesterday at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort resulted in an injury and medical evacuation.

Slide ran the length of the chute into the apron. (Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center)

The slide occurred in Spacewalk Couloir, just beyond the resort boundary through backcountry Gate 2. Powder Project called the run a steep 45+ degree chute with a choke halfway down. “It is an avalanche prone area with high consequence fall potential,” Powder Project states.

A skier, who has not yet been named, triggered the slide at about 3:45pm. The skier was not buried but swept the entire length of the sidecountry chute and well into the apron. The skier was not buried but suffered a dislocated hip.

The avalanche was about 32 inches in depth. It released at an elevation about 9,649’ on a slope angle around 36-40 degrees.

Spacewalk in blue, Zero G in red. (Powder Project)

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