(Big Sky, Mont) On Friday, January 3rd, 2014, just after 11:00 am, the Big Sky Division of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry rescue. Two snowmobilers, aged 68 and a 32, collided head-on at rapid speed about six miles west of the Doe Creek trailhead south of Big Sky. Both riders suffered multiple injuries. Cold weather and high winds added to the hazards facing the injured snowmobilers. Other snowmobilers provided first aid.
Rescuers responded to the scene on snowmobiles towing a special rescue ambulance sled. Rescuers provided additional medical aid. The 32 year old rider was able to exit the backcountry with help from other members of her party. The 68 year old was transported to the Buck Ridge trailhead in the ambulance sled. A waiting Big Sky Fire Department ambulance transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
The Sheriff would like to remind snowmobile enthusiasts to carry the proper emergency equipment like avalanche beacons and shovels. Riders should carry emergency supplies to keep themselves warm if they are stranded as well as a means of communications to summon help. Riding within your skill level and paying attention to hazards, including other riders, can help ensure a successful day in southwest Montana’s backcountry. ######