Skier triggers avalanche; successful joint rescue

(Moose, WY) – Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received an emergency call at approximately 2:30 pm on January 31st, about several skiers involved in an avalanche in the Olive Oil area located in southeast Grand Teton National Park. Park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue members jointly responded. 

Four skiers were skiing the east face of Olive Oil when one of the skiers triggered an avalanche. All the skiers were caught in the slide, estimated to be 40-feet wide and 2-3 feet deep. One of the skiers was able to dial 911 and reach Teton Interagency Dispatch Center to ask for help and provide location information.

The Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter with park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue members responded. One of the skiers, Stanley Edwards, age 52 of Driggs, Idaho, suffered an injury and was short hauled to a landing zone at Teton Village where he was then transported to St. John’s Health Center in Jackson. The other three skiers were able to ski out with emergency responders. 


Anyone planning to recreate in the backcountry should visit the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center at to read and understand the avalanche forecast. There is a Grand Teton National Park-specific discussion located under snowpack information on the website.   Anyone recreating in avalanche terrain should practice safe travel practices.  


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