Jackson Hole Skier Who Ducked Ropes Fighting Charges

Jackson Hole Skier Who Ducked Ropes Fighting Charges

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Jackson Hole Skier Who Ducked Ropes Fighting Charges

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Image Credit: buckrail.com

Image Credit: buckrail.com

Natalie Burns, 32, is scheduled to go to trial in August on charges of violating an emergency boundary closure and disorderly conduct in connection to a incident in February where a skier was rescued out of Granite Canyon during high avalanche danger. Each charge has possible penalties up to $5,000 fine and six months in jail. Jackson Hole News & Guide reports her two other codefendants have already pleaded guilty and one of them is awaiting a plea deal.

Grand Teton National Park officials said Burns left the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski boundary with three friends on Feb. 28 in the middle of an unprecedented emergency closure. Park officials say Burns and Joseph Higgins got lost and stuck in Granite Canyon which triggered an overnight search and rescue operation.
Andrew Richards is another codefendant and he issued a public apology after pleading guilty in federal court (READ FULL APOLOGY):

“To me that’s one of the most frustrating things I have experienced in society — people not owning up to things they have done wrong. I can’t reiterate enough how thankful I am that everyone is OK and how sorry I am. This lapse in judgment, though only a few seconds in duration, cost hours of time, thousands of dollars, and most importantly put the lives of multiple people in grievous danger,” Richards said. “I chose to duck a boundary and ski next to the rope line that borders Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Teton National Park. Absolutely never was it my intention to lead anyone under the rope, let alone Granite Canyon.”

Natalie Burns’ bench trial is set for Aug. 12th. at at the Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse in Jackson. We will be sure to update this story as the news from the trial comes in.

 

 

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