Based on reports from law enforecement and rescuers.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, at approximately 1 pm, a group of riders triggered an avalanche in Wounded Buck Creek, north of Wildcat Lake. All riders in the group ( 4 or 5, dpeending on report) were caught and partially buried. One rider was partially buried - critical (airway below the snow surface). After extricating themselves, the other partially-buried members searched for the remaining rider. Though they began a beacon search, they soon saw part of his avalanche airbag was visible in the debris. That allowed the survivors to locate him and uncover him. Despite resuscitation efforts, the buried rider did not survive.
The survivors rode out to the trailhead near Hungry Horse, and notified 911 of the accident. Bad weather and dangerous avalanche conditions prevented rescuers from reaching the scene that evening. Law enforcement recovered the victim's body early the next morning via helicopter.
We will post a detailed report after more details become available.
Our condolences to the victim's family and friends for their heartbreaking loss.
See summary. Location based on coordinates from recovery. Will update with more info as it becomes available.
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