Ski Mountaineer Suffers Fatal Fall Down Couloir On South Teton In GTNP


Grand Teton National Park – On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 a ski mountaineer fell approximately 1400′ down an unnamed couloir on the south aspect of the South Teton (12,513′) near the Amor Vida Couloir in Grand Teton National Park. He did not survive.

Sliver Couloir
The Tetons from the Bradley Taggart Parking Area

According to, “Fields was in a party of four that had summited the South Teton and planned to ski down the Amore Vida Couloir.” After the fall, the backcountry ski partners called for help. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center was notified around 11 am.

Teton County SAR and Park Rangers responded by helicopter to Snowdrift Lake and skied to the scene. Fields was pronounced dead at 1:45 pm on Wednesday due to closed head trauma. The body was recovered via helicopter long-line around 6 pm.

The ski mountaineer was identified as John “Jack” Fields Jr., age 26, a resident of Jackson, Wyoming.

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