Avalanche kills snowmobiler in NW MT near Troy


MISSOULA, Mont. - Officials with the Flathead Avalanche Center say a snowmobiler was killed Saturday in a human triggered avalanche 15 miles southwest of Troy.

We're told the victim was with a group of 4 snowmobilers in the West Cabinet mountain range when the incident occurred early Saturday afternoon.

The following is a press release from the Flathead Avalanche Center with more information:


We have received preliminary information of an avalanche fatality in the West Cabinets this afternoon.

The fatality occurred at approximately 115 PM 2/22/2014 in the West Cabinet Range near Savage Mountain and the Idaho/Montana Border. Approximately 15 miles SW of Troy. The incident occurred within the advisory area for the Kootenai National Forest.

Out of a group of four snowmobilers, two were caught and buried by an avalanche. One was buried with only his face exposed and was dug out with no injuries. The other was fully buried and resulted in a fatality. Preliminary reports classify the avalanche: SS-AMr-D3-R4-O. Soft Slab-Snowmobile triggered remotely-Could bury or destroy a car-large relative to the path-Released within old snow.

Because of avalanche hazard, a site investigation will not be possible. Additional information will be shared as it is available.