According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Sunday at 2:15 p.m., a 19-year-old skier from Bozeman skied off a jump in Beehive Basin and wrecked.

He was unconscious for 30 seconds to a minute. When he came to he was confused and at times combative towards his friends. Two indicators of a serious closed head injury. A friend in the group was able to call 911 on his cell phone.

A medical helicopter from Air Idaho and a back country rescue helicopter from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue were launched along with a ground team from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky. He was transported to the Big Sky Bozeman Health Medical Center.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind back country skiers to use caution when in the back country. Tell people where you are going and when to expect you back.  Enjoy the back country with other people when possible and carry a means of communication with you.

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