Member of Jackson Hole Ski Patrol Dies After Sustaining Injuries From Fall

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort says a member of the ski patrol has died from injuries she suffered in a skiing accident while on the job.

Kathryn Hess fell Friday while negotiating a descent into Rock Springs Canyon, south of the resort boundary. Resort spokeswoman Lisa Watson says Hess died Tuesday. Hess was 42 years old.

Watson says Hess was on a backcountry patrol route when the accident occurred. She suffered head and other injuries in the fall.

Hess served eight years on the ski patrol.

She worked as a guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and guided throughout the Rockies and on Denali in Alaska. She specialized in Utah's red-rock country, and was a former instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.