On February 14, at about 2:00 P.M, a juvenile Snowmobiler called in stating he was stuck, was separated from his riding buddy and was not sure of his exact location. Using the GPS coordinates off his cell phone call, a Sheriff’s Search and Rescue member from Big Sky located him off the Buck Ridge Trail and with some help was able to get the snowmobile back on the main trail so the male could ride out to the main highway.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to know their limitations and stay on marked trails. The off trail areas are unmaintained and can be full of unseen hazards. Be alert for hazards such as tree wells or hidden stumps as which can be unpredictable and unforgiving. Always let another member of your group know if you venture off trail keeping in mind that the most dangerous situations can occur if you get injured when you are alone.