An avalanche in the Island Park area of eastern Idaho killed a Montana man over the weekend.
Find up-to-date avalanche advisories here: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
The man, who has since been identified as 46 year-old Raymond John Moe of Missoula, was timber sledding with 3 others when the avalanche released. The slide measured roughly 600′ across and the crown ranged between 2-3′ deep.
“Saturday afternoon a snowmobiler was caught, buried and killed in an avalanche south of Reas Peak on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest near Island Park, Idaho. The rider was located by his group, with a beacon and buried deeply. We will post more information as it becomes available.”
Moe’s group was properly equipped with avalanche safety gear and they responded to the incident promptly. Unfortunately, the victim was buried under feet of snow and after removing him from the debris, he was unresponsive.
Attempts to resuscitate the victim proved unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead by a flight nurse reports the Missoulian. The fatality marks the second death in two weeks in this particular the area.
*Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s friends and family.
Find the entire Missoulian article here: Missoula man killed in avalanche while riding motorized snowbike in Idaho