Mark Wolling, a Jackson Hole ski patrolman of 20 years, has been hospitalized after being caught in an avalanche that swept him over a cliff. Patrollers dug him out of six feet of snow in 10 minutes. LocalNews8.com reported that patrollers conducted CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator while readying Wolling for transport for treatment. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort released this statement:
At approximately 8:26am this morning routine early morning avalanche hazard reduction work by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) Ski Patrol triggered an avalanche of significant size down the northeast aspect of Cheyenne Bowl on the upper mountain.
This incident took place prior to the lifts being open to the public, but members of JHMR Ski Patrol were in the vicinity. One member of JHMR Ski Patrol was buried in the slide and an immediate search was conducted, the patroller dug out and transported to the Village Clinic.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort received 10 inches of snow in the previous 24 hours and over 30 inches in the previous week.