Avalanche buries 5 in Wyo. re­sort; all sur­vive

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - STAY CONNECTED -

An avalanche trig­gered by skiers at a Wyoming ski re­sort buried five peo­ple to vary­ing de­grees on Sat­ur­day, but the vic­tims were quickly res­cued, and no se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported, a spokes­woman said.

The avalanche oc­curred just be­fore 10 a.m. at Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Re­sort, on a run known as Ex­pert Chutes. About 15 to 20 peo­ple in­clud­ing an un­known num­ber of chil­dren be­long­ing to a lo­cal ski club were on the slope when the 150-foot-wide avalanche re­leased, re­sort spokes­woman Anna Cole said.

By the time a ski pa­troller ar­rived min­utes later, other skiers al­ready were help­ing to ex­tri­cate those who were buried. Among the vic­tims was a woman al­most com­pletely be­neath the snow, with only her head and a hand ex­posed, Cole said.

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