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Note for the weekend: Save the selfies for the lodge.
This past weekend, 28 year-old Australian skier, James Garner, ironically plunged from Aussie Drop, a 300 foot out-of-bounds cliff at Grand Targhee Resort, WY. The cornice Garner was standing on collapsed, leading not only to his immediate plummet, but also sending him tumbling down another 800-1,000 feet. The cornice led to several slab avalanches as it fell.
A more detailed report by the Jackson Hole News & Guide informs us that Garner snuck under a boundary rope at Targhee to capture a shot of the Tetons, which led to the cornice he was standing on breaking underneath him.
Luckily, Garner escaped this incident with no visible injuries and only a $100 citation for “trespassing in an unsafe closed area.” He refused a helicopter evacuation, and was taken via ambulance to Teton Valley Hospital.
Hat tip to Teton Gravity Research for the lead.
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.