(Teton Village, Wyo.) - The two skiers who died in the avalanche in the Ralph Slide area near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort have been identified as 36-year-old Catherine Grimes and 46-year-old David Hannagan. On Sunday, January 24 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Teton County Communication Center received a call from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort that there was an avalanche in the Ralph Slide area
Ski Patrol went out to investigate and reported there were three people in
the party, with only one accounted for. Searchers located the two missing
skiers and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Teton County Deputy Coroner Russell Nelson, Grimes lived in
Arizona and worked as a physical therapist. She was very active, loved to
travel and play sports.
Hannagan was a ski and surf instructor from New South Wales, Australia. He
was known as "Big Wave Dave" on his business cards.
Nelson said the two met recently and had skied several other resorts around
The cause of death was ruled as trauma as a result of the avalanche. They
were both wearing helmets, but none of the skiers in the party were found
to be wearing avalanche transceivers.
"They didn't know our mountain and got in over their heads," said Nelson.
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