A the snowmobile died afterwards According to Montana officials, it was swept across a ravine and an avalanche over a waterfall.
A group of three snowmobiles and two snow bikers rode on Saturday, February 19, near the village Cook Citythe entrance city to Yellowstone National Park, according to the Galatina National Forest Avalanche Center.
“Two snowmobiles were high on the slope when one stopped on a small ridge and the other climbed higher and caused a large avalanche,” avalanche center officials said in a report of the crash.
The avalanche carried the man across the ravine and over the waterfall. He was partially buried by the wreckage.
According to officials, the man’s head was a foot below the surface under snow and debris. Only his arm and airbag were visible.
“Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, and the victim was evacuated by Park County SAR,” officials said.
According to the Avalanche Center, the avalanche was about 800 feet wide and at least 2 feet deep. The depth of the wreckage was 15 feet.
Officials did not say what happened to the other members of the man’s group. The Galatina National Forest Avalanche Center will release a full report “in the coming days,” officials said.
“We will release more information if they are available, ”officials said. “Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the rider.”
An an avalanche can happen quickly and catch people by surprise. According to officials, avalanches can move 60 to 80 miles per hour and usually occur on slopes of 30-45 degrees.
They could be triggered by changing weather or people resting on the slope, officials say.
Can skiers, snowmobiles and tourists sent down an avalanche when a layer of snow falls off and begins to slide down the slope.
In the US, avalanches most often occur from December to April, but they can happen at any time under the right conditions, according to National Geographic.
At least 10 people in the US died in avalanches this season as of Feb. 21, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.