(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On Thanksgiving day at 12:40 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office received the report of an injured skier on the Rendezvous Ski Trail near West Yellowstone. Personnel from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue West Yellowstone Section and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the scene. Upon arrival they found a 63-year old male from Bend, Oregon who had suffered a hip injury sustained from a fall while skiing. He was transported by the rescue team using a specialized rescue sled to a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance in West Yellowstone. He was then transported by ambulance to the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.
Sheriff Gootkin said this is the second injured skier so far this season in West Yellowstone. He reminds everyone that avalanche danger is high very early this season and back country users should be extra careful. Rapidly changing weather conditions are another thing that gets people in trouble this time of year. Make sure to have extra clothing, a reliable form of communication and always, always – know your limits, know the terrain and take a partner. #####