Jackson Peak avalanche injures local

By on November 11, 2013


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.

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  1. Miles Clark

    November 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I bet he was using a airbag backpack. Because if he wasn’t he would be dead.
    Airbag backpacks save lives. Wearing one will keep you out of reach from the arms of death.
    I know, I’m a pro skier

  2. really

    November 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Miles, where on your official “Pro Skier” ID card does it list your Avalanche Safety Expert credentials? Avalanche Safety goes beyond equipment, it is knowledge and caution, you should know that.

  3. Miles Clark

    November 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Not if you are using a airbag backpack. Just pull the cord and the bag inflates. Once inflated you will float up. Avalanches are no match for an airbag backpack. Just me, I know.

  4. Courtney G

    November 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Ha! Miles, do you get any points for calling yourself out online?
    I think in this case the snow was shallow and no ABS was used but I bought one of those ABS packs myself this yr ….not taking any chances!

  5. Phylis L

    November 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Annnnd let the trolling commence!

  6. iCOOL

    November 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    There is no such thing as a safe backcountry. The is no such thing as an avi expert who can foresee the future. You prepare for the worst and expect it to happen.

    You roll the dice no matter what the AVI Forecast is and no matter what your expertise is.

    The BTAC has no clue about the conditions you will encounter or the threat you will face. They provide a general overview. Like the weatherman, they have a useful but limited value.

  7. iCOOL

    November 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Miles Clark in action:


  8. iCOOL

    November 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Miles is an BCA ambassador and SASS Guide. That may explain his comment.

  9. steve stenger

    November 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Miles is obviously joking-taking the piss at gearheads. Obviously, I wouldn’t trust my life to any air bladder to that extent, and neither would Miles, I’m sure.

  10. Miles Clark

    November 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I can personally guarantee your safety if you wear a BCA pack. You will survive. My word to you. Now go buy one.

  11. imapro also

    November 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    i bet he wasnt wearing one. he got scrapped down rocks did you see the picture there isnt much snow in the debris

  12. imapro also

    November 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    use your head when traveling in the back country and thsi crap wont happen. two slides before thanksgiving really people are yo that hard up to go skiing these steep places. wait until there is snow cover you idiots

  13. Not facetious

    November 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Shopping for runs does seem silly given the conditions but I will quibble slightly with this comment:

    “use your head when traveling in the back country and thsi crap wont happen”

    Those are famous last words. Crap happens. Safety is never guaranteed. The resorts can’t keep you safe. People head out for adventure so risk is part of the allure. Mountain bikers, skiers, whatever. But, yeah, use your brain but don’t count on it or gear to save your a$$.

    I’ll skip the avi bag – too much money, not a panacea, and just more weight – but it is cheaper than the ER. Death in the back country doesn’t bother me – it’s an injury that does. I can afford death.

  14. imapro also

    November 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    ya you can afford death but what about all the people that try to keep you safe and you do stupid shit and then their lives are in danger to pluck an idiot out of the backcountry

  15. Like Marriage

    November 12, 2013 at 5:41 am

    “what about all the people that try to keep you safe”

    That’s part of the risk of being on TCSAR. They accept it. They volunteer for the adventure. Some find it exciting. If they don’t like rescuing idiots and experts, they are free to decline the work.

    Having said that, SAR members would be idiots to seriously risk their lives for a dead person or a injured one. First rule of thumb for rescuers is don’t become a victim. The HERO is the last person one needs on a SAR team.

    Anyways, the comment was about the value of the avi bag. Most people caught in a avalanche survive with or without the air bag. An avi bag doesn’t protect you from death or injury nor does it prevent a search and rescue. Nor does it prevent an avalanche from happening.

    From the Utah Avi Center: http://goo.gl/L8KGNt

    Or here: http://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog-avalanche-airbag-effectiveness-something-closer-truth

    Side note…..

    I love the PlanetJH’s “Checking your browser before accessing planetjh.com.” The site’s already slow to load now they add that.

  16. Gring Go

    November 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Blame dogs & their owners for just because there are too many dogs in Jackson and no your life will not be better if you have a dog or two of three, and horses ruining trails and those stupid four wheeled four seater atvs driving around town. Wait, blame the owners of those stupid four seater atvs.

  17. JS

    November 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Dont try to push your product at the expense of someone else injury, thats totally messed up. i happen to know that he wasn’t wearing an air bag and was just extremely lucky to wind up on top of the debris.

  18. wtf??

    November 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    how can you guarantee MY saftey with a BCA pack?

  19. Courtney G

    November 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

    do you also suck Miles’ dick?

  20. Courtney G

    November 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    wow dogs and atv’s – this really is digressing.

  21. mylittlepony

    November 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

    how do horses ruin trails?

  22. Gring Go

    November 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “The sediment yields reported in part B of Table 4 indicates that horse plots produced significantly more sediment yield than the bicycle, control, or hiker plots.” “Hiker and bicycle plots were not significantly different from each other or the control plots.” ” Indeed, hikers produced the second largest increase in sediment yield following the horse treatments, and overall the horse and hiker plots suggest that hooves and feet make more sediment available for removal than wheels on pre-wetted soils. The results in Part D of Table 4 indicate horse traffic produced significantly more sediment than other users on dry plots as well”. (Erosional Impact of Hikers, Horses, Motorcycles, and Off Road Bicycles on Mountain Trails in Montana- John Wilson and Joseph Seney – Mountain Research and Development 1994)


    Horses are bad, mkay?

  23. mylittlepony

    November 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

    horses are bad in your opinion….. but i love riding them and I obey all rules of the trails. I can enjoy the outdoors on anything i want to horses, bikes, hiking, atvs, snowmoblies, etc…..

  24. anonyholic II

    November 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    What imapro also said, both posts.

  25. JS

    November 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    airbags are just another tool to help keep safe in the backcountry but in no way guarantees that you will survive an avalanche! You sound like your have no respect for avalanches and one day it will cost you! Get over yourself mr. “im a pro”!

  26. JS

    November 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    The airbag may keep you on top but can never guarantee your survival, there are many other ways then just being buried that can kill you in a slide. Telling people that they will be 100% safe with an airbag in completely absurd and irresponsible.

  27. david

    November 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    WHERE’S THE GO-PRO PEOPLE? Amateurs. Get that shit on Facebook so we can all enjoy it.

  28. Yeah really

    November 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    David’s right. Where’s the GoPro? Skiing rocks is a Gopro moment – http://youtu.be/kVHJwMXlbrw.

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