Avalanche, Skiing Alone—Wyoming, Grand Targhee Ski Resort

Publication Year: 1977.

AVALANCHE, SKIING ALONE—Wyoming, Grand Targhee Ski Resort. On March 20 Wayne Farrell (20) ski toured out of the patrolled area of Grand Targhee Ski Resort. While attempting the descent of a steep northwest facing hillside, Farrell was caught in a class 4 avalanche, swept over a 75 foot rock cliff and buried under 3 feet of debris. (Source: Jackson Sheriff’s Office)

Analysis: This type of accident is on the increase. Ski touring has burgeoned geometrically over the past decade. In mountainous areas, a warning system at road heads might be of help. (Source: J. Williamson)