Local Backcountry Skier Caught in Granite Avalanche
Local photographer and TGR supervising producer Greg Epstein, 43, was caught in an avalanche and seriously injured Sunday afternoon in Granite Canyon, just outside of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. According to a press release issued today by Grand Teton National Park, Epstein was preparing to descend one of the Air Force chutes when an avalanche carried him about 1,000 feet. The other two members in his party were not injured.
Jackson Hole Ski Patrol initially responded to the scene, stabilizing Epstein and transporting him 300 to 400 feet down to the bottom of the chute, the release stated. Teton County Search and Rescue reportedly flew two park rangers to the area and Epstein was flown to the base of Teton Village where he was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Medical Center.
According to the press release, this was Epstein’s second backcountry run of the day and he and his group were carrying avalanche safety gear, including beacons and probes. The report noted that avalanche danger on Sunday was classified as moderate in the morning at both mid and high elevations and considerable in the afternoon.
Photo from Greg Epstein’s Facebook page