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Date: 2014-01-01
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Portal Creek near Big Sky
State: MT
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried and killed

A snowmobiler was buried and killed in an avalanche on Wednesday in Onion Basin near Eaglehead Mountain (~15 miles SE of Big Sky) in the northern Gallatin Range. Three snowmobilers rode in from Portal Creek. THe three were near the bottom of the slope when they were hit with a large avalanche. One person was partially buried and injured and one person was completely buried. A transceiver search located the victim under five feet of snow and CPR was performed for 40 minutes, but the victim was not revived. The two snowmobilers then rode back to the trailhead and alerted Big Sky Search and Rescue who are coordinating the recovery.

Media Report:
www.nbcmontana.com

Official Report:
GNFAC Report: www.mtavalanche.com

Posted: 1/1/2014 @ 2257. Updated at 1/2/2014 @ 0830 MST with additional details.

Updated 1/7/2014 @ 1630 to add link to GNFAC report.