CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2021/02/06 - Montana - Wounded Buck Creek, northwest of Wildcat Lake

Published 2021/02/08 by Ethan Greene - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Wounded Buck Creek, northwest of Wildcat Lake
  • State: Montana
  • Date: 2021/02/06
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 5 snowmobilers caught, 1 buried and killed
  • Primary Activity: Snowmobiler
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowmobile


  • Caught: 3
  • Fully Buried: 0
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1


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


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

Accident Summary

Preliminary report: On Saturday, Feb. 6, a snowmobiler triggered an avalanche in Wounded Buck Creek, north of Wildcat Lake. The rider was caught, carried, and buried in the avalanche. The other three members of the party were also caught and partially buried. After extricating themselves, they searched for the buried rider up slope. Part of his pack was visible in the debris, allowing them to locate him and uncover him. Despite resuscitation efforts, the buried rider did not survive.

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. 

Check the Flathead Avalanche Center observation for updates as available.