CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2017/10/07 - Montana - Imp Peak, southern Madison Range

Published 2017/10/10 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Imp Peak, southern Madison Range
  • State: Montana
  • Date: 2017/10/07
  • Time: Unknown
  • Summary Description: 2 backcountry tourers caught, 1 partially buried, 1 buried and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 1
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1

Avalanche

  • Type: --
  • Trigger: AS - Skier
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: O - Within Old Snow

Site

  • Slope Aspect: N
  • Site Elevation: 10000 ft
  • Slope Angle: 42 °
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: Two backcountry tourers triggered and were caught in an avalanche on the north side of Imp Peak, in the southern Madison Range, on Saturday October 7. One skier was partially buried. One skier was fully buried and killed. Gallatin County Search and Rescue recovered the skier's body on Monday, October 9. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center will update their report as more information is available.

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