Victim Identified in Fatal Avalanche

Submitted By: K2 News Desk,

Authorities have released the identity of the man killed in the avalanche outside Jackson Hole Resort. Officials say 29 year old Michael Kazanjy was at least a part-time resident of the valley and may have originally come from california. The avalanche occured on "pucker face" an elevation of 10,300 feet. Officials say the victim was burried at about 12:50 this afternoon and pronounced dead at the scene at 1:30. A helocopter was sent to the avalanche site, where rescuers attempted to revive the vicitim two times with CPR. The slide ran during a period of heightned danger, after a blizzard dumped up to 16 inches at the resort and surrounding slopes on Tuesday. Avalanche forecasters listed danger in the backcountry that day at "high," one degree shy of the most dangerous rating of "extreme". Resort President Jerry Blann, expressed his regrets in a statement saying, "The staff at Jackson Hole Mountain resort express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim."