News from Jackson Hole Radio February 15, 2021

Montana Avalanche Kills Bozeman Man

by Jackson Hole Radio News

An elementary school principal died over the weekend after being caught in an avalanche near Big Sky, Montana.

45-year-old Craig Kitto of Bozeman was skiing in Beehive Basin north of Big Sky Resort with a friend when the skiers were caught in an avalanche shortly before noon.

Kitto succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky said both skiers were swept down-slope, and Kito was dragged into trees.

Kitto’s companion was not buried and was not hurt. He called 911 when he heard Kitto call for help. A Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue helicopter team transported Kitto to an awaiting ambulance, then transported him to Big Sky Medical Center.

He was later flown to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital by LifeFlight Network helicopter. Kitto was the principal at Whittier Elementary School in Bozeman.