Avalanche in Tetons Claims Lives of Two Prominent Skiers

Another avalanche has claimed the lives of two prominent backcountry skiers. The bodies of Steve Romeo, founder of the blog TetonAT, and Chris Onufer, a longtime Jackson Hole employee, were found Thursday, March 8 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

The two experienced skiers were reported missing on March 7 after they failed to return home. A subsequent search by the Grand Teton National Park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue was conducted immediately thereafter.

According to ESPN, one of the rescue teams located an avalanche debris field on the slope of Ranger Peak, just before 9 a.m. After a physical search of the debris, the bodies of the two skiers were found.

The losses of Onufer and Romeo are the latest of several deaths to hit the skiing community this year. On February 19, Freeskiing World Tour judge Jim Jack, Stevens Pass marketing director Chris Rudolph, and Leavenworth contractor Johnny Brenan were killed by a massive avalanche at Steven Pass.

The mournful events have poignantly increased an awareness of avalanche danger among skiers and snowboarders. And as a result, a substantial amount have enrolled in avalanche safety courses to prepare themselves for the unpredictable hazards of winter.

Image courtesy of Powder Magazine, Steve Romeo and Chris Onufer