Man rescued after out of bounds slide near Grand Targhee
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:54 am | Updated: 12:00 pm, Fri Feb 13, 2015.
A 28-year-old Australian man has been rescued after falling off a cornice out of bounds near Grand Targhee Resort. At approximately 2:20pm on Thursday Feb. 12, Grand Targhee Resort Ski Patrol received a report that a guest was in trouble beyond the resort boundary, and had fallen off the cornice.
Ski Patrol responded to the area near the top of the Blackfoot lift and observed several sets of boot tracks leaving the resort boundary under a rope closure. Patrol was able to contact two of the guests who had left the ski area, who told them that a third guest had broken through the cornice, caused an avalanche and slid approximately 800 feet.
Patrol was then able to find the man and call out to him. He had been partially buried in the slide but was able to wriggle free. Patrol immediately implemented a recovery plan and contacted Teton County, Wyoming officials.
Teton County, Wyoming Search and Rescue, Air Idaho, the Teton County, Wyoming Sheriff, and the US Forest Service were all notified of the incident. Air Idaho and the Teton County, Wyoming Sherriff’s office responded to the resort, while Grand Targhee Ski Patrol and Teton County, Wyoming Search and Rescue responded to the scene. Patrollers were able to ski to the man and make a landing zone for the Teton County, Wyoming Search and Recue helicopter. The man was transported to the base area of Grand Targhee where he declined helicopter transport to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and was instead loaded onto an ambulance and taken to Teton Valley Hospital in Driggs by 5:00pm.
The Teton County, Wyoming sheriff’s office is still investigating the incident. The man, whose name has not yet been released, has been cited for “trespass on closed or unsafe areas within a ski area," which is a misdemeanor.
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