Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center; Mike R.
Place: Darby Canyon
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, carried, and injured
On Saturday Jan. 4, 2003 a snowmobiler was jumping off a cornice in Darby Canyon when
the cornice broke off with him on it. He, the sled, and the cornice hit the
slope causing it to fail in a hard slab, with a crown to five feet, 150 yards
wide and a 200 feet runout. The slope was Northwest facing at 9500'. The
rider alledgedly initially landed on rock, breaking his femur and was at the
top of the 6 feet of debris at the bottom of the path. He was flown by
helicopter to the Driggs Hospital. The avalanche hazard was Considerable
with many recent, previous slides reported and human triggers expected that
day. Like the other event, the slabs lie on weak faceted snow and surface
hoar from a dry period in the second half of November.