Solo skier dies in Bridger Range, Mont. avalanche

Red lines indicate the location of the crown from the slide on St. Lawrence. Bridger Range, Montana. [Photo] Courtesy GNFAC

Yesterday, February 26, a skier was caught and killed in an avalanche in the Bridger Range outside of Bozeman, Montana. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) reports that the victim, who has not yet been identified, was carried around 1,000 feet. At this time, the cause of death is thought to be related to trauma.

The avalanche occurred at 8,300 feet on a westerly aspect at the top of Truman Gulch on a run known as St. Lawrence. Two nearby skinners witnessed the victim—who was traveling solo—get caught in the avalanche. They performed a search, found a beacon signal, uncovered the body and performed CPR, but were unable to resuscitate the victim.

The forecast in this area for Tuesday, February 26 was considerable on wind-loaded slopes and moderate on all other slopes, and the GNFAC warned of easily triggered wind drifts in their forecast for the day. They continued to note, “You could also trigger a much larger avalanche on weak layers in the snowpack. These avalanches are most likely on heavily wind-loaded slopes, or where the snowpack is relatively shallow (less than three- to five-feet).”

To learn more about the avalanche visit the GNFAC. We will update this post with new information as it is released.

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