A view from the helicopter as SAR pulls a skier off Teton Pass on Saturday. Teton Search and Rescue photo.
For the second time in as many days, Teton County Search and Rescue responded to a call from an injured skier Saturday afternoon, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The 36-year-old managed to get his “ski tips [stuck] in the snow, and hit his head and crashed pretty hard,” said Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr who also mentioned that the man was “complaining of a head injury and some pain in his spinal area.”
The patient was retrieved via helicopter, transferred to an ambulance and then transported to Jackson's St. John’s Medical Center.
This incident comes right after a 72-year-old man had to be rescued due to fatigue while skiing the Edelweiss Bowl in Teton Pass.
Undersheriff Carr wants to remind early season skiers to be extra careful. “We understand everybody’s anxious to get out there and enjoy it, but please be extra cautious because it’s a very shallow snowpack, and there’s a lot of things out there that can get you.”