Grand Teton rangers rescue lost snowboarders in Granite Canyon reports that rangers from Grand Teton National Park rescued two snowboarders Monday night after the pair took a wrong turn and ended up in the park’s Granite Canyon area.

A helicopter heads toward Garnet Canyon in April during a search for two lost skiers in Grand Teton National Park. (National Park Service photo by Jackie Skaggs — click to enlarge)

Snowboarders Joe Tauro, 55, from Brick, N.J. and Mike Fasciolli, 36, from Toms River, N.J. left through a ski area boundary gate at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort just before 3 p.m. Monday, according to information released from the Grand Teton National Park public affairs office.

The snowboarders told rangers at the time they planned to board in Rock Springs Bowl. But they instead mistakenly ended up in Grand Teton National Park via Granite Canyon.

Authorities said the two men were “not prepared for backcountry travel.”

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Dustin Bleizeffer is a Report for America Corps member covering energy and climate at WyoFile. He has worked as a coal miner, an oilfield mechanic, and for 25 years as a statewide reporter and editor primarily...

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