Targhee Avalanche Victim Identified

By on February 22, 2016



Jackson Hole, WY — The Jackson man who fell from a cornice overlooking the back side of Grand Targhee Resort on Sunday has been identified as Ernesto Rodriguez-Becerra, 30, according to a press release issued by Teton County Sheriff’s Office.

After removing his skis and ducking a closed rope, Rodriguez-Becerra broke through a cornice near the small saddle between the observation deck and “Nit Wits,” stated a report by the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center. He then fell onto the slope below, triggering an avalanche that sent him over a large cliff. Buried underneath two feet of snow, Rodriguez-Becerra’s body was located thanks to an avalanche dog. Despite life-saving efforts by Targhee’s ski patrol that included using a defibrillator and performing CPR, Rodriguez-Becerra perished on the scene due to trauma.

Eleven avalanche deaths in the United States last month made January the deadliest month for avalanches since 2008. There have been three other avalanche fatalities in the U.S. in February, including two deaths in Colorado and one in Wyoming.


About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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