Recent snowfall in the high alpine of Montana has reawakened the sleeping avalanche beast. On Monday, June 11, two skiers were transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital after an avalanche swept them over rocks in an area above Fairy Lake. One skier contacted his friend via text message and then the friend called 911. At about 4 O’clock Search and Rescue was dispatched to the area of the slide. KBZK Montana news stated:
Rescuers were dropped off initially by helicopter but had to traverse about 1/4 mile skiing across steep snow slopes. Rescuers reached the first patient who had a broken leg at about 5:20 p.m. Rescuers discovered a second skier had sustained head injuries and was located high above them on the slope. The first patient was put in a rescue toboggan and skied to a suitable landing zone below Fairy Lake where he was loaded in Summit Air Ambulance and transported to the hospital. The second patient was lowered 500 feet using ropes to the bottom of the run out then flown by Carrish helicopters to a waiting AMR ambulance below Fairy Lake. -KBZK.com
What can we learn from this. ALWAYS BE CAREFUL IN THE BACKCOUNTRY. Never let your guard down.