On January 12, at approximately 2 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call from a friend of two snowmobilers who were presumed lost in the Olson Creek area north of Bozeman.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the area and searched without success until midnight. The search was suspended due to poor visibility during white-out conditions, and resumed the next morning.
The search team located the snowmobilers, two Bozeman men in their 20’s, walking in deep back country at approximately 10:35 a.m. The snowmobilers were checked by EMS personnel.
Thursday about 11:15 a.m. a 21-year old MSU student from California was skiing north of Bridger Bowl when he collapsed a VW van-size cornice and fell on the north side of Duanes Bowl.
He was unhurt but unable to descend or ascend due to snow depth, steep terrain and being unfamiliar with the area. He sent his girlfriend, a 20-year old MSU student from Illionis, back to Bridger for help.
She met an off-duty ski patroller and search and rescue team member with a radio, at the top of Hidden Gully.
Two additional SAR members were sking at Bridger and were dispatched the scene with additional gear. The Skier was raised with a pulley system of ropes and brought back to the ridge by 2:30.
On Friday January 10, at 5:38 p.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department received a 911 call from a 30-year-old snowmobiler who reported that he and his 27-year-old friend were lost, their snowmobiles were stuck, and they were tired and hungry. The police dispatcher was able to get GPS coordinates from the caller’s phone, which showed that they were in the Lionhead area west of West Yellowstone.
The lost snowmobilers were from Williston, North Dakota. They were accomplished riders but had gotten into a steep, wooded area where they could not ride back out. After calling 911, they started a fire, and waited for search and rescue. The search team located the two men and had them walk downhill to meet them. They were tired but did not need medical attention.