Slide at JHMR kills 2…UPDATED…

By on January 24, 2016

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Tragedy struck at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort today when a pair of skiers were buried by an avalanche in an out-of-bounds area south of the resort.

Ski Patrol was notified by cell phone that a run known as Ralph’s Slide, in the Rock Springs Canyon, had slid. The call came in at 2:28 p.m. Patrollers responded to the scene and were told by a surviving member of the party that two skiers were missing.

Volunteers in the area assisted in the search. Mountain rescuers located and extricated both skiers by 3:30 p.m. Both were unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing transceivers. Both victims are thought to be visiting the valley.

Names of the deceased have been withheld pending notification of family.

Today’s slide is the second fatal avalanche near JHMR this year. On January 19, Jed Foster was killed on Pyramid while snowboarding alone. In February 2014, two skiers escaped serious injury after being swept off a cliff ledge in Ralph’s Slide. The run is named for Ralph Toscano Jr., from Washington state, who was killed in an avalanche while skiing on February 6, 2001.

UPDATE: 

Additional information provided by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office confirms the deceased include a 46-year-old male from Australia and a 36-year-old female from Arizona. The names have still not been released.

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