A 36 year old male skier from Bozeman died in an avalanche on the west side of the Bridger Mountain Range Tuesday. He was skiing by himself at the time of the avalanche and was located by beacon by two separate skiers in the area that witnessed the slide. CPR was administered but he did not survive. This is an excerpt from Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s report:
They responded swiftly, got a beacon signal and saw his hand sticking out of the snow. They dug him up and did CPR, but the skier never revived. He was carried approximately 1,000 feet vertical down a steep slope causing fatal trauma.
The skier was a well known and loved local and we are deeply saddened to report this tragic accident. In the coming days we will release a full accident report, but unfortunately, because of the dangerous avalanche conditions we cannot investigate the site.”
It is clear that skier was known and beloved by the people at Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Our heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim.
images from Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center