KALISPELL – A snowmobile triggered an avalanche that partially buried a person after on New Year's Day.
The Flathead Avalanche Center reports the incident happened at an elevation of 5,200 feet on the Grave Creek Road cutout in the Whitefish Range.
Two snowmobilers were crossing under a road cut and slightly side-hilling above the road when they accidentally remotely triggered the slope above them.
The lead rider kept riding, unaware of the avalanche while the second rider was knocked off of his sled and buried mid-chest, according to the Center.
The first rider turned around came back and dug up the buried individual and the sled.
The Center reports that dangerous avalanche conditions exist in the wake of a significant storm that ended last weekend.
Numerous large and dangerous persistent slab avalanches were triggered on Monday in the Whitefish Range.