Laramie, Wy – A Teton County man died over the weekend after being swept 17-hundred feet down a mountain in an avalanche near Teton Pass in northwest Wyoming.
It is the first avalanche fatality of the winter in Wyoming.
The victim was identified as 48-year-old Ray Azar, of Teton Village.
Authorities say he died Saturday of suffocation after being buried for about an hour.
Friends say the avalanche swept Azar down the southeast face of the Pyramid, a peak north of Teton Pass.
Bridger-Teton National Forest forecasters rated the avalanche danger Saturday as "considerable," meaning human-triggered slides were probable.