Two skiers were caught in an avalanche outside Yellowstone National Park Sunday with one of the skiers sustaining injuries requiring him to be evacuated. According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the skiers had been ascending the north face of Wilson Peak in Big Sky.
One skier was able to self-extricate immediately. The other skier was swept down the slope, through some trees, and ultimately was able to self-extricate at the bottom of the slide.
That skier sustained injuries that would not allow them to hike or ski out. The reporting party had a GPS communication device and was able to call for help. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue members from Big Sky, and the Helicopter team responded to the patient’s location and were able to land near the patient, load both into the helicopter and fly them to a waiting ambulance. The patient was transported to the Big Sky Medical Center for further evaluation.
Gallatin National Forest has raised the avalanche danger rating to high in the Cooke City area, and considerable elsewhere due to the winds having created cornices and wind-loaded numerous slopes. Closer to home, the avalanche danger is still considered moderate in western Wyoming.