Targhee opening delayed

Grand Targhee, seen here before opening for the season, and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a collision Monday that left a Driggs woman in critical condition.

Teton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Monday collision at Grand Targhee Resort that allegedly left a 64-year-old skier in critical condition.

According to witness statements summarized for the Jackson Hole Daily by Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr, a skier traveling at high speed collided with a 64-year-old Driggs resident while she was skiing the Rock Garden run off Fred’s Mountain with her husband on Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

The woman was life-flighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Carr said. She remained in critical condition on Friday, according the hospital’s spokeswoman.

“We are going to investigate it,” Carr said Friday, though he acknowledged there is not yet much evidence to go on.

“We weren’t there at the time of collision, so we’re just following up as best we can, getting witness statements and interviewing. And again, the injured party is not available to be interviewed right now,” he said.

From the husband’s perspective, the skier who allegedly slammed into his wife made no effort to turn. That skier maintains the woman came out of nowhere, Carr said.

Carr said he’s working with a report from Targhee Ski Patrol, who declined to comment on the incident. A spokesperson for the mountain said: “We have no additional information at the moment.”

The report doesn’t indicate any third-party witnesses, but Carr is asking anyone who might have seen the incident to contact the sheriff’s office.

The full witness statements are currently considered evidence in the case and could not be reviewed by the Jackson Hole Daily.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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