A 28-year-old Jackson woman was buried by an avalanche yesterday while in the backcountry with a group of friends in the Great White Hump area above Ski Lake. She was buried and carried 450-feet by the slide.
The woman’s group were taking turns to snowmobile each other up the slope in order to ski back down. She was at the bottom when a snowmobile taking a skier up triggered the avalanche above her. As the slide started flowing towards her she couldn’t move quickly enough to get out of the way.
“She was down below on a sled that wasn’t moving, and her friend was lapping someone up on a snowmobile to ski,” Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide.
There were nine other people in the area at the time, but after failing to find the buried woman with their beacons, they called for help.
“She was wearing a beacon, but it wasn’t turned on,” Carr said. “They found her with a probe strike.”
Teton County Search and Rescue personnel responded via helicopter with a medical team. It is unknown how long she was buried, and the severity of her injuries are also unknown.
“She was cold and pretty shaken up,” Carr said.
Friday’s danger was listed as moderate by the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.
“Measurable snowfall has occurred every day since last weekend,” the avalanche report stated. “Skiers and riders could trigger these slabs on steep, avalanche prone slopes.”