A skier was rescued Friday in Teton County, Wyoming, near Jackson Hole after becoming trapped in an avalanche and being swept away about 500 yards.
Matt Hansen, communications director for the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, told CNN that the two skiers were taking a ski trip that started off a trail at the top of Teton Pass in the outback.
“At midday, while using a climbing pelt attached to their skis, they crossed a southeast-facing slope on Rendezvous Peak causing a massive avalanche,” said the County Search and Rescue Agency. Teton said in a Facebook post.
One of the skiers got caught on the slide and slid down the mountain about 500 yards.
“When the avalanche stopped, he was buried close to his torso, to chest level, so his head was in the snow and he also had an arm or two in the snow,” Hansen said.
The skier’s partner was able to come to his aid and help dig him out of the snow.
The Facebook post said: “After being found by his partner, he learned he had injured his leg from the avalanche.
After the incident, skiers called authorities and informed them of the avalanche, Hansen said.
According to Hansen, the skiers initially believed they could “rescue and ski out on their own,” but about an hour later they reconnected with “search and rescue team members.” us via cell phone and they realized they wouldn’t be able to get out on their own and they needed to be rescued.”
A team was then deployed to rescue the skiers by helicopter and bring them to safety.
Hansen said the incident serves as a reminder for anyone who goes skiing to take the proper safety precautions. He recommends getting acquainted with avalanche safety resources and to check Avalanche.org for more information.