Christmas Eve Search for Skiers


Update: at 12:30 A.M. Rescue Skiers checked the cabin and found it unoccupied.  A short time later they located the two subjects of the search.  They were uninjured.  They were located near where the SPOT beacon gave as a last location about 6:00 P.M. approximately 5 miles south of the South Cottonwood trail head.  Because of the difficult communications in that area the exact details of their circumstance will not be know until later.  Rescuers are assisting the two with packing their gear and will be escorting them out of the area and back to their vehicle at the trail head.


(Gallatin County, Mont.) Tonight at about 6:00 p.m. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units were dispatched to the area of Fox Creek south of Bozeman.  The mother of a 22 year old Bozeman woman had received an emergency message for her daughter’s SPOT beacon.  Her daughter and a 23 year old male companion left the S. Cottonwood trail head this morning at 7:00 A.M. with the intent of spending 3 days at the Fox Creek Forest Service Cabin.  The SPOT beacon indicated that their location was within a 1/2 mile of the cabin.  Currently it is snowing but temperatures remain in the 20s.  Rescuers including 4 snowmobiles transporting 3 skiers to the top of Langhor ridge where the skiers will then access the Fox Creek area.  Once in the area they will attempt to make contact with the party and verify the emergency and provide assistance if needed.  Further updates will be posed on this page but will not create a new notification.  Check for any updates.

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