The search for a missing backcountry skier since February at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana is set to resume until he’s found. According to NBC Montana, searchers had to call off the search Sunday in the late afternoon due to deteriorating weather conditions and a heightened avalanche risk. The search party is set to resume looking this weekend if the weather clears up and the avalanche risk has diminished.
Dr. Scott Torgerson, 62, of Columbia Falls, Montana has been identified as the missing person. The Missoulian reported that Torgerson was first declared missing Saturday, February 17th around 7pm after not coming home from a backcountry ski trip. He was last reported skiing alone near the northeast side of the mountain in the area known as “Flower Point”.
The initial search was hindered by a massive storm that rolled in that day. Whitefish Mountain Resort has seen a massive snowfall this year totaling 410 inches. According to Ski Whitefish, the mountain usually averages around 300 inches.