Avalanche in the Bridgers

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(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Thursday at about 11:42 A.M. a skier at Bridger Bowl reported seeing an avalanche just south of the ski area boundary in an area called the Football Field. The witness did not see anyone caught in the slide. Members of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue that were already on the mountain searched the area with avalanche transceivers and did not locate a signal. All skiers riding the Schlasman’s lift are required to wear a transceiver.  At 12:30 the search was completed with no indication that anyone had been caught in the slide. The avalanche had a three foot crown and was about 100 yards wide. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind skiers to check the avalanche forecast and always ski with a partner before heading into the backcountry.  The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is following up on conditions and causes of the slide.

photo courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Football field avalanche 1-2016

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