Skier Killed in Avalanche in Southwest Montana
UPDATE: A skier killed in an avalanche this week in the northern Madison Range has been identified.
Darren Johnson, 34, of Big Sky died on Tuesday after he was caught in the avalanche near Cedar Basin, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.
Rescuers were on scene after the avalanche but were unable to revive Johnson, according to the sheriff’s office.
The avalanche took the skier into trees. His three partners rescued him quickly, but he died of trauma, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center said in a release Wednesday morning.
“I will investigate the scene today and write a report later in the week. We are extremely sad to hear of this incident and our condolences go out to his family and friends,” Doug Chabot wrote in the release.
Also on Tuesday, skiers in the Frazier Basin in the Bridger Range triggered a large slide, but they were not caught. Natural avalanches were also reported earlier in the day in that area.
The avalanche danger is rated high today on wind-loaded slopes, and natural avalanches are likely. The danger is rated considerable on slopes without a wind-load.