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Yellowstone Ski Patroller Killed in Avalanche

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From Powder mag

 

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A ski patrol member of the Yellowstone Club died on Tuesday in an avalanche near Big Sky, Montana.

Darren Johnson, 34, was one of two patrolmen accompanying two graduate students from Montana State University to collect snow data near Cedar Basin, west of Big Sky, when the slide occurred. According to a report from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Johnson jumped off a cornice and made two turns before the slope fractured, carrying him into the trees. His partners were able to retrieve him, but he ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries. Johnson had been with the Yellowstone Club since 2010.

 

The article isn't super clear on the when it happened, it looks like it happened on Tuesday. Be safe out there folks

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That's a tough one, for the patroller and his family. God love em!

 

Some years back we had a slide that caught a couple people downloading on gunbarrel chair. The guys trapped on the chair waited as we dug them out, this was fluffy powder, when asked if they could have just stood up and push or swim out, they said they couldn't move.

An female instructor was caught higher on the hill, it blew her ACL both knees. Avalanche is a killer, and we seldom think about it.

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