The Bozeman man who died after he was caught in an avalanche Saturday morning near Bridger Bowl Ski Area has been identified as Anthony Saracelli, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release Sunday, reports Billings Gazette.
Saracelli, 39, had been skiing alone on Saddle Peak, a popular area for backcountry and “side-country” skiers and snowboarders just outside the boundary of Bridger when he triggered the slide. The incident was called in at about 11 am after a person riding up a chairlift witnessed the avalanche break loose, according to Capt. Jason Jarrett with Gallatin County Search and Rescue.
Saracelli had been wearing a beacon at the time, allowing rescuers to find him once they were able to reach the area where he was buried, avalanche center director Doug Chabot wrote in the report.
The incident marks the third fatality in Montana this season, according to records kept by the avalanche center. One of two skiers caught in an avalanche on Imp Peak, southwest of Big Sky, died in October. In January, a snowmobiler was killed after being buried in another avalanche near Big Sky.