CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2020/04/01 - Wyoming - Taylor Mountain, northwest of Teton Pass

Published 2020/04/02 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Taylor Mountain, northwest of Teton Pass
  • State: Wyoming
  • Date: 2020/04/01
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 backcountry tourer caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowboard

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 1
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1

Avalanche

  • Type: SS
  • Trigger: AR - Snowboarder
  • Trigger (subcode): --
  • Size - Relative to Path: R2
  • Size - Destructive Force: D2
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: S
  • Site Elevation: 9722 ft
  • Slope Angle: 38 °
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: A backcountry snowboarder was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche on Taylor Mountain, northwest of Teton Pass, around 2:45 PM on April 1. The rider was the second person on the slope. His partner was not caught, but unable to locate the rider. Search and Rescue responded but could not locate the rider before dark on April 1. Searchers recovered the body on April 2. The avalanche had buried the rider several feet deep.

Bridger Teton Avalanche Center