Snowmobiler Killed in Montana Avalanche
A snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche over the weekend in Flathead County.
Three snowmobilers were caught and two were buried in the avalanche near Swede Creek in the Whitefish Range near Olney on Saturday, Jan. 23, according to the American Avalanche Association’s website. One person died.
This is one of nine avalanche fatalities reported by the American Avalanche Association over the last eight days in the western U.S.
On Sunday, two out-of-area skiers were killed in an avalanche outside of the ski area at Jackson Hole near the Rock Springs area.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, a Yellowstone Club ski patrol member was killed in an avalanche near Cedar Basin in the northern Madison Range. Darren Johnson, 34, of Big Sky was quickly reached by rescuers but was unable to be revived, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.
Avalanche fatalities were also reported in Colorado, Utah and Alaska over the last few days, involving skiers, snowmobilers, snowboarders and a climber.