Last week, a skier died in an avalance at Grand Teton, marking the park’s second avalance death this calendar year. Here’s the National Park Service release on the accident:

Backcountry Skier Killed by Avalanche in Teton Range
Date: March 1, 2013


A backcountry skier died March 1 during an avalanche in the Teton Range at Grand Teton National Park. Jarad Spackman, 40, of Jackson, was involved in the avalanche that took his life while he was ascending Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon.

Spackman and a companion were ascending Apocalypse Couloirabout 10:30 a.m.on Friday, March1 to access an adjacent narrow and steep chute on the flank of Prospectors Mountain, which they intended to ski. Approximately 200 feet below the fork of the couloir, Spackman and his partner were impacted by an avalanche that originated further up the slope. Spackman was caught in the slide and it carried him approximately 1,000 feet. Spackman’s partner immediately began a search that ultimately led him to where Spackman lay face down and only partially buried. The skiing partner began CPR to revive his friend and about 15 minutes later used a cell phone to make an emergency call and alert Grand Teton National Park rangers of the situation.

Rangers immediately organized a rescue mission and enlisted the assistance of the Teton County Search and Rescue contract helicopter and members of the county rescue team. A landing zone was established near Sawmill Ponds on the Moose-Wilson Road from where the rescue mission was conducted. Four rangers were flown to the backcountry location, where they landed at 1:15 p.m. near the base of Apocalypse Couloir. In advance of their arrival, Spackman’s partner was able to move his friend to that same location and wait for the helicopter and rescuers.

Spackman’s body was flown from the mountainsat 2:30 p.m. and turned over to the TetonCounty coroner’s office. Spackman’s partner and the rescuers then skied out of the backcountry together, arriving at park headquarters around 4 p.m.

This marks the second avalanche fatality in Grand Teton National Park this year. An avalanche on Survey Peak in the northern Teton Range tookthe life of a skier on Jan. 27.