Here’s a look at what ski patrolman Kevin Brazell does on his days off. This is what Jackson Hole skiers have looked like for the past week.
The sun is forecast to come out tomorrow after an eight-day snowfall. Look for some new vid of that in a few days.
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Skiers at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (pictured), Grand Targhee Resort, and Snow King Mountain got their turns in deep powder over the past week…and it’s still snowing at these Teton County, Wyoming playgrounds!
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Here’s a collection of Big Wally footage and interviews from Jackson Hole film maker Peter Pilafian…
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Yesterday’s memorial service was a beautiful celebration of a life well lived: a seven-bomb salute, bagpipes, a mother’s testimonial, tributes from friends and co-workers, songs, poems, a ski run christened Wally World, bands, and dancing into the wee hours.
This motor-drive montage of Charlotte Moats skiing in Jackson Hole is dedicated to the memory of Big Wally.
Ski fast, go large, live life.
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On Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2010, Mark "Big Wally" Wolling was taken off life support and passed away. A memorial service for family and friends is set for this Wednesday, January 13, in the outdoor pavilion mountainside of TVS in Teton Village. A gathering of family, friends, and well wishers will follow at the Mangy Moose at 6:30. Anyone having photographs of Wally are encouraged to email them to email@example.com
Our hearts are broken.
We will hold you in our hearts forever.
See you on the other shore, brother.
With deep appreciation and sorrow for Mildred, Spencer, Sue, Pam, Marianne, Reggie, and Mike.
And to all his comrades in the breech, the ski patrol, guides.
You can visit www.carepages.com to read over 600 tributes.
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Our dear friend Mark “Big Wally” Wolling was seriously injured today when he got buried in an avalanche while doing snow control work with the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol.
Please keep him in your thoughts.
Here is the incident report from the resort:
INCIDENT UPDATE AT JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT™
Posted on – 2010-01-06
(Jackson Hole, Wyoming, January 6, 2010: 12.40pm MST) As stated previously at approximately 8:26am this morning routine early morning avalanche hazard reduction work by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) Ski Patrol triggered an avalanche of significant size down the northeast aspect of Cheyenne Bowl on the upper mountain.
This incident took place prior to the lifts being open to the public. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort received 10 inches of snow in the previous 24 hours and substantial amounts in the previous week.
Members of JHMR Ski Patrol were conducting routine avalanche hazard reduction on the Cheyenne Bowl Route (Elevation Approx 9350’). An initial hand charge was deployed from Rendezvous Trail into Cheyenne Bowl with no result. Two patrollers ski cut the area below and deployed two more hand charges. These second charges caused the snow to fracture above where the patrolmen were located. One was able to self arrest using a tree and the other was caught in the slide. The avalanche traveled over a cliff below to the bottom of Cheyenne Bowl. Mark Wolling (Patrolman since 1989) was buried in the slide. Following a hasty search by patrollers in the vicinity, Wolling was found and uncovered from approximately 6 feet of snow in about ten minutes.
JHMR Ski Patrol conducted CPR and administered AED (Automated External Defibrillator) while readying for transport to the Teton Village Clinic. Wolling was transported to Teton Village Clinic in approximately six minutes, where further treatment was administered. At the time of transport to St Johns Medical Center, Jackson, Wolling was exhibiting vital signs.
“It has been an extremely tough morning for all our patrollers and staff. I am very grateful to everyone for their efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his family right now.” “He is an amazing person who has been on the JHMR team since 1978, he’s definitely part of our family.” stated Jerry Blann, President, JHMR.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has established standards and protocols for minimizing the risk of avalanche that are based on the current weather and snowpack conditions. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort receives over 400 inches of snow annually and is dedicated to making the skiing and riding as safe as possible for our guests. Avalanche conditions change hour-by-hour and day-by-day. JHMR Ski Patrol continuously monitors elements of the weather and snowpack conditions 24 hours a day throughout the winter and uses this information to continually assess potential hazards.
At the time of this release Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is operating all lifts except for the Aerial Tram, Sublette and Thunder quad which will remain closed for the remainder of the day.
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Club Access Update
Club access to the Teton Ice Park at Grand Targhee Resort has opened up once again, but on a limited basis due to USFS requirements.
Experienced climbers who wish to climb at the ice park (without paying for a full guided day) will need to go through an orientation and pay either a day-use or seasonal membership fee (Day use is $10/person, seasonal membership is $40/person/$90 family 3+/$100VIP). You can buy your card in advance online or at the site. All users will need to demonstrate that they can belay properly, set up a top-rope anchor and protect themselves from a fall while doing it, and demonstrate that they have the proper equipment to climb in the ice park. The membership card includes discounts from local businesses and classes.
Club Access Update
Access will be supervised by guides while at the ice park teaching classes and by Teton Ice Park Ambassadors- volunteers who will monitor access to the ice park while there climbing. Ambassadors will go through a training session to give them basic skills to be able to administer the ice park orientation for members and day users, help coordinate rescues, and perform other ice park operations. Think of it like a "Climbing Wall" where you pay your dues, get checked out, and there’s always a staff member around if you need help.
Saturday January 9, 2010, the Teton Ice Park will hold its first round of orientations for members and day users starting at 12:30pm. Sunday January 10, 2010 will be two more sessions – one at 9am and at 12:30pm. Participants should meet at the Activities Center at Grand Targhee at the respective time. After that, please contact us before heading up there to be sure there is a guide available to do the orientation.
Members of the Teton Ice Park users should always check the online calendar before they come to see when the ice park is open and staffed.
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