CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2018/01/02 - Montana - Cabin Creek, southern Madison Range

Published 2018/01/03 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Cabin Creek, southern Madison Range
  • State: Montana
  • Date: 2018/01/02
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Snowmobiler
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowmobile

Number

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

Avalanche

  • Type: --
  • Trigger: AM - Snowmobile
  • Trigger (subcode): u - An unintentional release
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

  • Slope Aspect: --
  • Site Elevation: --
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: A snowmobiler was caught in an avalanche in Cabin Creek on the west side of Sage Peak in the southern Madison Range. Six riders assessed that slopes were dangerous and opted not to highmark, deciding instead to ride the lower flanks. One rider triggered the slope from below and was caught and buried 3’ deep under his sled. The ski to his sled was sticking out of the snow and his location was confirmed by a beacon search. He was dug up in 12-15 minutes but did not survive.