This past Friday, a snowmobiler from Utah ventured out on a ride in the Salt River Range of southwestern Wyoming with a large group when he triggered an avalanche and was fatally buried
According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, 35-year-old Brennan Walpole was traversing across a slope when a slab released, carrying him and two others down with it. The others were only partially buried and walked away from the incident.
Following the release, a rescue response was initiated by other riders in the area. Walpole was found roughly 10 minutes later but was unresponsive. Other riders performed CPR on the victim while waiting for Star Valley Search and Rescue . He was later pronounced dead at a regional hospital in Idaho Falls, ID.
The director of the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center, Bob Comey said the avalanche occurred on a suspect layer of Surface Hoar and went on to caution snowmobilers in the area that similar slides are likely on similar east to north-east facing slopes.
*Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s friends and family.
Find the entire Jackson Hole News and Guide article here: Avalanche kills snowmobiler