Bulletin: Park identifies avalanche victim
March 1, 2013
Grand Teton National Park identified the skier killed Friday morning as Jarad Spackman, age 40, of Jackson.
An avalanche killed him while he was ascending Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon, park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said.
Avalanche kills Teton skier
Grand Teton National Park rangers have recovered the body of a backcountry skier killed Friday morning in an avalanche, spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said.
The man, an area resident, was skiing with a companion when an avalanche swept him down a slope in the Teton Range, Skaggs said. The slide broke between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Emergency responders learned of the incident at approximately 11 a.m, Skaggs said. Rangers responded to the scene via helicopter and retrieved the victim’s body.
The skier was partially buried. His companion attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, without success, she said.
Next of kin had not been notified as of 3:15 p.m., Skaggs said. Consequently the park is withholding the skier’s identity, that of his companion and other details.
Deputy Teton County Coroner Dave Hodges took possession of the body from the Park Service on Friday afternoon, Skaggs said.
The News&Guide will continue to cover this story as it develops.