Detailed Accident Report

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Date: 2003-01-05
Submitted By: Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center; Mike R.
Place: North of Sheep pass, possibly near Corral Creek Lake
State: WY
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed.

A snowmobile fatility occurred in the Greys River on Sunday Jan. 5, 2003 two miles

north of Sheep pass possibly near Corral Creek Lake, hazard was

Considerable, companion rescue attempted but failed, S&R called. The victim

was not wearing a transceiver and the party was not carrying shovels or

probes. The slide occured on a 30+ degree slope, ran on the ground and

buried the victim under four feet of snow. Snowpack in this area consists

of about a foot of faceted snow topped with well developed surface hoar from

a late November dry spell and covered with up to five feet of E.T. snow of

varying hardness between fist and one finger, with the hardest layer being

near the surface due to recent high winds.

Another snowmobiler was seriously injured in an unrelated slide in the Greys

River area on Sunday, more details unavailable at this time.