Skiing and Selfies Don't Mix

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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.

Published: February 19, 2015

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