Total of 27 deaths for the season to-date
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reports that two men were killed by a massive backcountry avalanche on Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park.
According to the preliminary report, the avalanche was triggered while they were climbing the route.
The bodies of Steve Romeo and Chris Onufer were recovered Thursday after searchers located the victims by pinpointing signals emitted by their avalanche rescue beacons. Romeo and Onufer were well-known and experienced local mountaineers.
The two deaths brought the total number of avalanche fatalities to 27 for the winter across the country, including 12 skiers, nine snowmobilers and five snowboarders.Three of the deadly accidents have been within ski resort boundaries. (more…)
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