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Avalanche, Skiing Alone—Wyoming, Grand Targhee Ski Resort

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)