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A skier is short-hauled out of Granite Canyon after being avalanched in Mile Long Couloir. Lance Coudele photo.
The heavy snowfall which graced Jackson Hole over the past few days has a significant downside: The potential for serious avalanches. Several slides were reported over the past two days, with two requiring evacuations by Search and Rescue teams. The first skier was evacuated from Mile Long Couloir in Granite Canyon, and the second was lifted from the Four Pines Area south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
A slide above the Kelly campus of the Teton Science Schools partially buried a parking lot. JH Avalanche photo.
The parking lot at the Kelly campus of the Teton Science Schools was partially buried by a naturally-triggered avalanche. The slide reportedly was strong enough to move several vehicles, though luckily no one was in the lot at the time.
In a continuation of what has already been a tragic week in the outdoor-sports world, Parks Canada is reporting that a trio of climbers are missing and presumed dead following an avalanche on Howse Peak. The peak lies near the border between BC and Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. “Parks Canada visitor safety specialists immediately responded by air and observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment. Based on the assessment of the scene, all three members of
The Mt. Washington Avalanche Center is reporting that a solo skier passed away in the Raymond's Cataract area after triggering a windslab above a terrain trap. He was buried roughly a meter deep for 90 minutes to two hours before being found. While he was apparently breathing after being dug out, he entered cardiac arrest while waiting to be evacuated and passed away shortly thereafter. Raymond's Cataract on Mt. Washington, located between Tuckerman's and Huntington Ravines. Google Maps
Johnson and his wife face up to 24 years in prison if convicted. Aspen PD photo. Derek Johnson, a former Aspen City Councilman and mayoral candidate, stands accused of stealing over two million dollars worth of skis, snowboards, and other goods. According to The Aspen Times, the alleged thefts occurred over Johnson's 17-year tenure as an executive at Aspen Skiing Co. Related: Walmart Just Launched a Proper Mountain Bike Johnson's alleged methods were documented in an arrest warrant affidavit