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Skier Death at JHMR

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My condolences to the family.

 

 

Skier found dead at JHMR By Brandon Zimmerman January 12, 2011 A male skier who went missing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort late Tuesday was found dead inbounds at the resort Wednesday afternoon, officials confirmed. The body of Zephyr Rapinchuk, 18, of Northampton, Mass., was found in a tree island below Hanging Rock Traverse on the upper mountain at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort said. Ski patrol determined Rapinchuk had collided with a tree. He was transported to the Teton Village Clinic, where he was officially pronounced dead. Rapinchuk was last seen by friends and family at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday going up the Aerial Tram, according to Jackie Skaggs, spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park, whose rangers assisted in the search. A search was initiated at 10:07 p.m. Tuesday night by Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and Teton County Search and Rescue. The teams searched for Rapinchuk in an area known as Paradise Lost in Cheyenne Gully near the southern boundary of the resort at approximately 8,500 feet. The search was called off at 2:30 a.m. when no signs of Rapinchuk were found. Grand Teton National Park Rangers joined the search when it resumed Wednesday morning.

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Sad.  Thoughts and prayers to the family and all who were involved in the search.  Wonder if he had been skiing with a buddy if he would have gotten appropriate first aid in a timely matter or were the injuries to severe.  Ski safe everyone.

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Very sad - so young. Only 4 years older than my eldest - I cannot fathom how losing him would feel.

 

Very talented photographer, judging from his book.

 

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Originally Posted by Pwdrhnd View Post

Sad.  Thoughts and prayers to the family and all who were involved in the search.  Wonder if he had been skiing with a buddy if he would have gotten appropriate first aid in a timely matter or were the injuries to severe.  Ski safe everyone.


I wonder that too. Was he killed by the tree, or knocked out then frozen? Ugh, sucks no matter how you slice it.

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talented guy. he is missed by many.

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