Monday, December 29, 2008

Everyone is safe - Jackson Headwall Avalanche

Miraculously, no one was hurt in the massive avalanche at Jackson Hole on the Headwall today. The avalanche caused extensive damage to the new lodge at the top of the mountain. The building houses a cafe, ski shop, a high end dinner restaurant and a fancy lunch cafeteria; all of which have been opened for less than 1 year. Everyone on the hill was surprised about the original plan to construct this building in an avalanche zone. Check out the pictures from TetonAT - a local search and rescue member who was called to the scene.

The pictures with the tables and chairs on his site are taken from the 2nd story -- think about how much snow is piled up outside!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the pictures before the link was disabled. it was scary. I work at the resort and my friend was in the restaurant when the slide let loose. It is incredible that no one was hurt. I also was skiing the resort on the day my neighbor was killed. It is indeed a horrid snow pack and we should all be careful and not give in to the false sense of security skiing inbounds gives us.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous jo said...

Thanks for all the quick updates. It is amazing how fast news of the slide spread through town. I got a text from a local friend who was in NYC today around 11am checking if we were all OK. I think at first people didn't know if the gondi was open at the time of the slide. I can't imagine how disastrous that could have been. Kudos to all the ski patrollers at the village and the king. They are certainly working very hard this year!

8:39 PM  

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