Jackson Peak avalanche injures local
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A late-day, skier-triggered avalanche on Jackson Peak Sunday severely injured one local man, according to Undersheriff Bob Gilliam.
Scott Dixon, 32, from Teton Valley, Idaho was airlifted to St. John’s Medical Center with a hip injury after he was caught in a slide off Jackson Peak at approximately 4:30 p.m. A hard slab break at 10,100 feet was recorded with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. The avalanche occurred on a 36-40 degree slope and was determined human-caused.
“The SAR folks who responded said it could have been a lot worse than it was,” Gilliam said. “This is the second avalanche incident and it’s not even Thanksgiving. We need to get the word out.”
On Nov. 1, Laura Krusheski, 29, injured her leg in an avalanche while skiing near Breccia Peak on Togwotee Pass.
Significant early snowfall, combined with later rain and warming temperatures, has created a crust layer and dangerous conditions in the backcountry, according to several weather forecasters and snowpack/avalanche experts. The Avalanche Center today elevated the general avalanche advisory for the entire Jackson Hole region from Low to Moderate.
Dixon was part of a group of four skiers. His companions called 911 for help after the incident. Jackson Peak is rarely skied, especially later in the season when access is more difficult.