Brandon Jones fatality location

The yellow body symbol marks the site of where Brandon Jones, 41, died from asphyxiation in a Salt River Range avalanche while snowmobiling Friday. Funeral services for the Elko, Nevada, man are today in Malad, Idaho.

An Elko, Nevada, resident died snowmobiling in a Salt River Range avalanche Friday, likely as a result of blunt force trauma. 

Brandon Jones, 41, was snowmobiling away from his group late on Dec. 18 on a slope of what locals call “Suicide Mountain” when he triggered a medium-sized avalanche with a two-foot crown. He was able to deploy an airbag, which kept him near the snow surface, with only his leg buried under the snow, according to Lincoln County Coroner Dain Schwab.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

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