Skier falls to death on South Teton


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 02.16.17

The National Park Service has recovered the body of a backcountry ski mountaineer.

The skier has been identified as John “Jack” Fields Jr., age 26, of Jackson, Wyoming. According to the NPS Fields fell in the area of the Amore Vida Couloir and was not responding via his radio. The other members of his party remained above the couloir and called for help.

Fields was in a party that had just summited the South Teton and planned to ski down via the Amore Vida Couloir. On the way to the Amore Vida Couloir, Fields fell and slid out of sight from the other individuals. He fell roughly 1,400 vertical feet in an unnamed couloir.

When rangers reached the body, Fields was deceased and the NPS reports it is believed he died from injuries sustained in the fall. His body was removed via a helicopter and turned over to the Teton County Coroner’s Office.

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