UPDATE - 1/3/17, 7:13 a.m. - According to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, six riders from Minnesota assessed the slopes on the west side of Sage Peak on Tuesday and decided that the slopes were dangerous. The riders opted not to climb, instead, they stayed on the lower flanks.
One rider triggered the slope from below and was caught and buried in 3 feet under his sled. The ski to his was sticking out of the snow and his location was confirmed by a beacon search.
The rider was dug up in 12-15 minutes but did not survive.
WEST YELLOWSTONE - A snowmobiler is dead after an avalanche north of West Yellowstone near Cabin Creek.
According to Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Commander Jason Jarrett, members of the West Yellowstone Search and Rescue team responded to the avalanche just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.
The victim, Weylon Wiedemann, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A full investigation of the incident will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
(Gallatin County, Mont.) On January 2, 2018, at 4:49 p.m. Gallatin County dispatch received a report of an avalanche with a person injured. The initial location was reported as Cabin Creek Campground however, GPS coordinates indicated the location was in Cabin Creek approximately 19 miles north of West Yellowstone.
Rescuers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the West Yellowstone Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue and Air Methods responded.
The sheriff’s search commander immediately dispatched a helicopter from Air Idaho to positively locate and assess the possibility of landing and rendering medical aid. Individuals on the scene were instructed to find and improve any possible landing zone for the helicopter. The Air Idaho helicopter was on the scene in 32 minutes but revival efforts were unsuccessful.
The injured snowmobiler, 40-year-old Waylon W Wiedemann, from Pine City Minnesota was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Coroner with help from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center will conduct the investigation Wednesday.