The first avalanche fatality in North America occurred on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 in Montana.
Two skiers were caught in an avalanche while approaching Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range, MT. Both skiers were caught in the avalanche – one was fully buried, one was partially buried. The fully buried skier wasn’t recovered from the avalanche until Sunday.
“With an unbelievably heavy heart, we are sad to report there was avalanche fatality on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday. Two skiers were approaching the north couloir when they triggered the avalanche. Both were caught, one fully buried and one partial. The fully buried skier was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue yesterday.
Alex and Doug went into the site yesterday and will be posting more details in the coming days.” – Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center