Montana

Mar 16, 2012 1:03 AM by Q2 News

Avalanche video shows close call for snowmobilers

BOZEMAN - With temperatures in the high 60's across much of Montana you might not think there's a major concern with avalanches. But, that's not the case.

In fact, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center rates avalanche conditions in south central Montana as considerable on steep slopes, and moderate on less steep slopes.

One of the areas of concern is near West Yellowstone in the Lionhead area.

That's where this past Sunday two snowmobilers were fortunate to escape injury when they triggered an avalanche, and it was all caught on tape.

The video was posted Thursday on the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center's website.

The two men were riding with a larger group of snowmobilers, taking turns climbing the steep slope.

After several solo runs, the men got more bold, and started sending two sleds up at a time. That's when the avalanche was triggered.

Fortunately, both sledders were able to escape without serious injury, but both were pretty shaken up.

The video shows both snowmobilers and their sleds being tossed around in the slide.

No details on where the two men are from, but it's safe to say, they're happy to be alive. and able to talk about their close call.

To check the latest avalanche conditions across Montana, visit the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center website at: www. mtavalanche.com.

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