UPDATE, 12:24 p.m. Thursday, April 2— Dubois, Wyoming man Trace Jordan Carrillo, 28, died Wednesday after being buried in an avalanche on Taylor Mountain, according to Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue. Carrillo's cause of death is pending. 

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2 — The snowboarder who was buried in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon on Taylor Mountain has been found and declared deceased.

Teton County Search and Rescue personnel recovered the man's body Thursday morning just before 11:30 a.m. under two feet of snow.

Rescuers used a helicopter to bomb the mountain and clear the slide path. An avalanche rescue dog assisting with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski patrol located the man's remains, incident commander Cody Lockhart said.

"We are sad for his friends and family," Lockhart said.

The News&Guide will publish the name of the man after confirmation from the Teton County Coroner.

Update, 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 — Rescuers have yet to find the man who was buried in an avalanche on Taylor Mountain. The search will continue early Thursday morning.

Members of the public are asked to avoid the Coal Creek parking area as it will be closed for search efforts. Skiers are asked to avoid Teton Pass altogether on Thursday.

Original story, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 — Almost 30 volunteers from Teton County Search and Rescue searched extensively for five hours Wednesday afternoon in avalanche debris on Taylor's south face.

"His ski partner did a brief beacon search but couldn't find him," incident commander and TCSAR chief advisor Cody Lockhart said.

Rescuers search for buried snowboarder

Rescuers search for a buried snowboarder on Taylor Mountain Wednesday afternoon. 

The man started to ski the slope just before 3 p.m. when the slide broke, Lockhart said.

After an unsuccessful search his female ski partner went to the Coal Creek parking area west of Teton Pass and borrowed a cell phone to call for help.

"We sent rescuers up and down Taylor and couldn't get a beacon signal," Lockhart said.

A helicopter search wasn't an option because of low visibility.

Rescuers called off the search at dark Wednesday night but will resume looking for the man Thursday morning, Lockhart said.

"We'll use the helicopter on Thursday if we can," Lockhart said.

Avalanche danger was moderate on Wednesday, with a warning about unstable snow on steep terrain. 

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said the crown of the avalanche was two to three feet at its deepest point with an average depth of six to eight inches.

In its evening avalanche report the avalanche center said three other avalanches were triggered in the southern Teton Range Wednesday.

Taylor Mountain avalanche

Teton County Search and Rescue personnel probe avalanche debris Wednesday evening on Taylor Mountain, shown on the screen of an unmanned aerial vehicle piloted by SAR volunteer Dr. Will Smith as he used the drone to search for clues in the surrounding area. A male snowboarder remains missing and presumed buried in the slide, and SAR volunteers will resume the search Thursday morning.

"Skiers who ventured into steep avalanche prone terrain also triggered slab avalanches 16 to 18 inches deep on a southeast aspect of the Pyramid and on a south aspect in Unskiabowl," the report said. "A snow machine triggered a 12-inch deep slab avalanche on a steep slope west-northwest of Ski Lake."

"The public is reminded to use extra caution in the backcountry during the ongoing health crisis," a press release from search and rescue said.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071 or jlove@jhnewsandguide.com.​

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