A snowmobiler triggered and was killed by an avalanche in Cabin Creek on the west side of Sage Peak in the southern Madison Range of Montana yesterday.
He was riding the lower flanks of the slope at the time of the avalanche.
He was buried 3-feet deep beneath his snowmobile.
He was dug out in 12-15 minutes but had already passed away.
This was the 4th avalanche death of the season in the USA.
2 of the 4 avalanche deaths this season have been snowmobilers.
PRELIMINARY: A snowmobiler was caught in an avalanche in Cabin Creek on the west side of Sage Peak in the southern Madison Range. Six riders assessed that slopes were dangerous and opted not to highmark, deciding instead to ride the lower flanks. One rider triggered the slope from below and was caught and buried 3’ deep under his sled. The ski to his sled was sticking out of the snow and his location was confirmed by a beacon search. He was dug up in 12-15 minutes but did not survive. – Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center