X marks the position of Jackson Hole ski patroller Mark Wolling when an avalanche broke around him at the top of Cheyenne Bowl Wednesday morning.
Thoughts and prayers in Jackson, Wyo. today are focused on the well being of Mark "Big Wally" Wolling. Wolling, a longtime ski patroller at Jackson Hole, was caught and seriously injured in avalanche while on a control route in Cheyenne Bowl yesterday morning.
"At this point in time everyone's thinking about the Wolling family and Wally. He's a tough guy and we're hoping he can pull through," a friend of Wolling's from Jackson told ESPN Freeskiing this morning. Wolling is being treated at the Eastern Idaho Medical Center; he was in critical condition as of last night. (Detailed reports of the accident in the Jackson Hole News & Guide and TetonAt.com.)
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a 23-year-old woman who worked as a ski instructor at Arapahoe Basin was killed in an apparent tree well accident at Steamboat Springs. Her body was recovered yesterday morning. (Steamboat Pilot story).
So... be careful out there.