As the story of three Californians falling off a massive cliff in the JHMR side-country continues to be updated by the Jackson Hole News and Guide, answers are coming to light as to how all three people fell off a cliff band adjacent to the “Why Not” couloir in the Jackson Hole side-country.
Initial Report: 3 Out Of Town Skiers Fall Off 60 Foot Cliff Outside Jackson
First off, one of the original reports indicated that the out-of-towners were skiers who fell 60 feet. Now, reports are showing that the height of the fall was actually around 200 feet and they were snowboarders according to Teton County Search and Rescue. Secondly, it seems as though the three snowboarders encountered icy conditions near the cliff, resulting in all three sliding off and over the massive cliff next to the couloir.
The tram and top two gates were closed in order to create a hazard free environment for search and rescue to execute the extraction of the injured.
Find the entire JH News and Guide article here: Injured boarders lost edge on icy cliff