GTNP reminds backcountry users to be aware of avalanche risk and the safety of other recreationists. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

MOOSE, Wyo. — An individual was injured after a small avalanche was triggered by a snowboarder late Saturday morning, park officials say.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call about an injured skier involved in an avalanche in the Sliver Couloir on Nez Perce in Grand Teton National Park. Park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue jointly responded.

Two skiers were ascending the Sliver Couloir on Saturday when a snowboarder above them triggered a small avalanche. The slide caused one of the skiers to be washed down the couloir. During the fall the skier sustained an ankle injury.

Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received the call about the injured skier via inReach and follow-up reports via cell phones from people who skied to areas with coverage.

The Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter with park rangers on board responded to the injured skier, who had been able to self-rescue by scooting to a landing zone in Shadow Peak Cirque. Rangers were able to load the patient into the helicopter and then fly him to a landing zone at Windy Point Turnout along the Teton Park Road. A friend of the injured skier picked him up at the landing zone.

“This incident serves as a good reminder of how quickly a small avalanche can become hazardous in steep terrain,” said Public Affairs Officer, CJ Adams. “This was an unfortunate event that could have had a worse outcome. It is important to be aware of other backcountry users in the area and to consider their presence in your decision-making to maximize safety for everyone.”

The park reminds those venturing into the mountains to use careful snowpack assessment and good terrain choices. Before heading into the backcountry, always check Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center for current conditions at

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.