(Gallatin County, Mont.)
Monday at 2:15, a 19 year man from Bozeman skied off a jump in Beehive Basin and wrecked. He was unconscious for 30 seconds to a minute. When he came to he was confused and at times combative towards his friends two indicators of a serious closed head injury. A friend in the group was able to call 911 on his cell phone. A medical helicopter from Air Idaho and a back country rescue helicopter from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue were launched along with a ground team from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky. The medical helicopter was able to land near the skier so the rescue helicopter was not needed. He was transported to the Big Sky Bozeman Health Medical Center.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind backcountry skiers to use caution when in the backcountry. Tell people where you are going and when to expect you back. Enjoy the backcountry with other people when possible and carry a means of communication with you.