On February 14, 2021 at 11:44 am, two backcountry splitboarders were caught in an avalanche in Beehive Basin. Both splitboarders were swept down slope into trees. One was not buried and did not sustain any injuries. He immediately called 911 when he heard his partner yelling for help.
The second male sustained multiple injuries due to being drug into the trees by the avalanche and was partially buried in snow.
Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky, LifeFlight and Big Sky Fire Department responded. Search and Rescue members were able to quickly make it to the backcountry location, assess the patient and start rescue procedures. A Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue helicopter team was able to transport the patient to an awaiting ambulance which then transported the patient to Big Sky Medical Center. The patient was subsequently flown to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital by LifeFlight Network helicopter.
Photos provided by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.