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Snowmobile rider killed Monday in avalanche west of Togwotee

Feb 28, 2012 The Associated Press

JACKSON -- Teton County officials say a snowmobiler is dead after getting caught in an avalanche near Togwotee Pass in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The man was snowmobiling with a party of 10 when the avalanche overtook him Monday. His name has not been released yet.

Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Teton County Search and Rescue responded at about 3:30 p.m. after someone activated an emergency beacon.

Sheriff's Capt. Tripp Wilson says man was dead when rescuers dug him out.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says the avalanche fatality was Teton County's first this season.

The center says the snowmobiler was buried in the Dry Lake Creek area, a drainage about eight miles southwest of the Togwotee Mountain Lodge.

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