(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Thursday January 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm, the West Yellowstone Police dispatch center received a 911 call from an injured crosscountry skier. The skier, a 53-year-old woman from Washington, had fallen while skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trail about two mile south of the town of West Yellowstone. She had sustained a back injury and was unable to ski back to town.
Rescuers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Fire Department, and the Forest Service responded and met the injured skier at the scene of the accident. The skier was loaded onto a specialized snow ambulance and transported to the edge of town, where she was transferred to an ambulance and transported to the Big Sky Medical Center.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to thank all of the rescue organizations which came together to execute a successful backcountry rescue.