2 skiers survive avalanche in Gallatin County
LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY
Gallatin County authorities say two backcountry skiers were rescued after being caught in an avalanche and spending the night on the mountain.
The sheriff's office says a sister of one of the skiers called authorities Saturday night when they had not returned from the Blackmore Trail near Hyalite Dam.
About 30 volunteers found the male skiers about 8:30 a.m. Sunday making their way down the mountain.
They reported one lost a ski after being swept a couple of hundred vertical feet by an avalanche. Bad weather then forced them to stay on the mountain.
They were unable to build a fire and spent the night sheltered behind a rock.
The sheriff' office did not name the skiers, saying only that one was from Big Timber and the other from Idaho.