Monday, December 18, 2006

Avalanche danger

Two snowmobilers were killed over the weekend in avalanches in Montana and Wyoming.

Two snowmobilers were buried Saturday in a slide near Jackson, Wyo., according to the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center. Rescuers found and dug out Greg Huntsman, 42, of Idaho Falls, from 6 feet of snow and resuscitated him. James Boschae, 30, of Swan Valley, Idaho, was buried by 8 to 10 feet of snow and

Jeffrey Michel, 34, of Jamestown, N.D., died Saturday in an avalanche triggered by a companion just outside Yellowstone National Park. He was with a group that was highmarking.

Gazette reporter Dave Philipps attended at avalanche safety class on Pikes Peak on Dec. 9. Look for his story in the Out There section on Dec. 29. For more info, check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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