(Bozeman) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue workers rescued a female skier caught in an avalanche Friday afternoon in the Saddle Peak area of the Bridger Mountains.
According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, one member of a party of three skiers triggered and was then caught in an avalanche after 1:00 o’clock this afternoon.
The victim, a 27-year old female and an experienced back-country skier who had taken an avalanche safety course, was carried down the side of the mountain for an undetermined distance. She told Gallatin County Sheriff’s investigators that she fought to stay on top of the snow and ended up being buried on her left side. Her two companions were able to get to her quickly and successfully uncover her.
Search and Rescue workers assisted by Bridger Ski Patrol and medical personnel transported to the scene by Carish Helicopter evaluated the patient and transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment. The female sustained a broken arm and broken leg.
Gallatin County Search and Rescue officials continue to warn the public that this year’s snow pack is extremely unsettled and that anyone skiing out of bounds is literally taking their lives in their own hands.
Also, anyone traveling in backcountry areas prone to avalanches, should always bring the following:
- An avalanche beacon, probe poles and shovels
- Extra clothing, food and water
- A charged cell phone
- A GPS device
- Also remember to travel in groups
- Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return