(West Yellowstone, Mont.)
On December 21, 2015, at approximately 2:13 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of three snowmobilers from North Dakota that had become separated from their group of five. The three snowmobilers reported that while riding out of Teepee Creek, North of West Yellowstone, when they had become disoriented and were unable to locate the trail. They also reported being stuck in a canyon and were unable to return the way they had come.
Due to the extremely technical snow conditions, a group of snowmobilers with specialized riding skills from Gallatin County Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone was put together and they began to make their way to GPS coordinates retrieved from the 911 call.
While responding the snowmobilers re-contacted deputies and indicated that they had managed to find the trail and were making their way back to their vehicles. Deputies made contact with the snowmobilers as they made it out of the trail system and found them to be extremely tired but otherwise uninjured.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers that their chosen sport can be extremely physically demanding. With the heavy snow conditions currently present in the area, snowmobilers are advised to stay together in their groups because it’s easy to become hopelessly stuck and be unable to self retrieve if you find yourself alone.