Search And Rescue Calls This Weekend At Bridger Bowl
Thankfully, these incidents have happy endings but yet again skiers needed to be rescued after skiing out of bounds at Bridger Bowl in two separate calls for assistance.
According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office press release:
Saturday January 17th at 12:50 p.m. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units were sent to the Saddle Peak Cliffs North of Bozeman to rescue a 19 year old MSU student that was stranded on the cliffs and in danger of falling 200 feet.
The female skier and her partner skied under the rope and out of bounds near Schlasman’s lift on the south end of Bridger Bowl.
The student ended up getting stuck in a precarious position on the Saddle Peak Cliffs after crashing and losing both skis which went over the cliff. Members of Search and Rescue already at Bridger Bowl and Ski Patrol responded to the scene and were able to access the skier by rappelling down the cliff face. The rescuers were able to assist her with getting back up the hill utilizing ropes.
At 4:50 the same day Bridger Bowl received a report of lost skiers outside of the ski area boundary. Search and Rescue units and Ski Patrol still in the area were able to locate them quickly by snowmobile and guide them back into the ski boundary.