Conditions are Hard on Snowmobiles this Year

(Big Sky, Mont.)

Saturday at 3:04 pm, the Gallatin County Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an injured snowmobiler 1.5 miles up Buck Ridge south of Big Sky, MT.

The 36 year old Bozeman man had launched off a trail and sustained a back injury.  Two Canyon Adventure snowmobile guides were in the area and located him.  They were able to relay information to Search and Rescue members on the patient’s exact location and condition.

Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue at Big Sky responded and used an ambulance sled pulled by a Bearcat Arctic Cat snowmobile to transport the him to a waiting Big Sky Fire Dept.  ambulance.  SAR members arrived at the ambulance at 4:13 pm.  He was taken to Big Sky Medical Center.

Sheriff Gootkin says, “Conditions so far this year have been challenging even for experienced riders with quality machines.  Country that would normally be ridden has turned into a terrain trap and avalanche conditions are considerable.  Evaluate the terrain and your skill level with fresh eyes this season.  Search and Rescue is ready if you have a bad day, but it is always best to not have to meet us in the first place.”

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