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Skiing the Montana Cold Smoke

Will Bucossi north of the Bridger Range’s Wolverine Bowl in dry November powder.

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GoPro Avalanche Burial Video

Wrist camera view of a skier caught in an avalanche on January 29th, 2013. The highlight is probably the initial slide and the skier being taken down. The camera was detached from his wrist, but at 4:00 there are some sounds and at 5:00 the rescue is clearly underway. Impressively, the fully buried skier was rescued in about 3 minutes.


The crown of the slide was about 500 feet wide and varied in depth from 1-3 feet in depth. This accident occurred on Nemesis Mountain in the Centennial Range on Montana side of the border with Idaho. The buried skier was lucky to escape with a dislocated shoulder and multiple contusions.

The film A Dozen More Turns by our friend Amber Seyler documents a fatal 2005 avalanche that occurred on the same peak. The party involved was highly trained and experienced (the deceased skier, Blake Morstad, held a master's degess in snow science) and the film explores some of the decision making involved in the incident. We've previously recommended this powerful 30 minute documentary and it may be a good idea to view it once a ski season on so.

Via Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Posted by

OSI Staff

on 2/3/13
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Thanks for sharing the link to a dozen more turns. That’s a solid flick on avy judgment.

By Ali H on 02/04/2013 at 01:06 AM

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