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Safety advice offered in wake of southwest Montana avalanches

Posted at 8:19 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 10:19:47-05

BOZEMAN – Sunday marked the tenth day in a row for reports of natural or human-triggered avalanches in southeast Montana.

The Gallatin Forest Avalanche Center reports more than 16 natural and human-triggered slides were reported on Saturday and Sunday alone.

Meanwhile, a skier was killed in a Friday avalanche in the Tobacco Root mountains.

Experts say it doesn’t take much new snow and some wind to make slopes unstable, and the incident serves as a good reminder for all parts of the region.

“Even if you aren’t seeing signs of instability you have to stay off of steep slopes for at least a little while longer and give the snow pact some time to heal,” explained Ian Hover with the Gallatin Forest Avalanche Center.

Hoyer also told MTN News that the backcountry can be deceiving when it’s covered in snow and areas that look safe, can be deadly.