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Three Buried by Slide in Grand Targhee Backcountry

Editor's Note: TGR understands the inherent risks with skiing and snowboarding and urges anyone going out to have the proper knowledge, equipment, a partner, and a plan. For more information on how to stay safe while enjoying winter sports, check out TGR’s annual Safety Week series.

A view of the Tetons looming over the Grand Targhee backcountry. Wikimedia Commons photo.

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center is reporting that three skiers were buried on Tuesday, January 7th by an avalanche in the Grand Targhee backcountry. Two of the skiers were partially buried, and one was fully buried. All three were successfully rescued by other members of the group.

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The slide was triggered by an individual skinning uphill in the Hollywood Rocks area near Scotty's Gate. Recent snowfall has raised the region's avalanche danger to 'considerable' above 7500 feet, and likely contributed to the large slide, which had a 3-foot crown and ran between 600 and 750 feet. For more information on how to stay safe in avalanche terrain, see TGR's Safety Week series here.

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