Avalanche Kills Snowmobiler In McCoy Creek Area In Eastern Idaho (UPDATED)

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McCoy Creek, Idaho – On Thursday, February 9, 2017 Josh Roth, a backcountry snowmobiler, was killed in an avalanche in the McCoy Creek area in Bonneville County, Idaho near the Idaho/Wyoming state line.

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According to LocalNews8.com, the avalanche was triggered in a drainage. Roth’s riding partner saw the avalanche happen and initiated a rescue. His partner used avalanche transceivers to locate Roth, who was buried 2-3 feet deep. The friend dug out his friend, notified rescuers about the incident via cell phone at approximately 11:40, and began resuscitation efforts.

Bonneville County Sheriff Deputies, Lincoln County Wyoming Search and Rescue, and Air Idaho Rescue responded to the scene. Unfortunately, Roth did not survive.

Multiple sources identified the avalanche victim as Josh Roth, 35, from Alpine, Wyoming. Learn more about Josh Roth at JoshRothProCamp.com and on Instagram. Snowest.com created a photo and video tribute to Josh on their site.

UPDATE 2/10, 2/11:

  • Find the official avalanche accident report from CAIC here.
  • According to the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center, this size 2 soft slab avalanche occurred in the Black Mountain Zone at 7582′ at Lat: 43.148212 Lng: -111.114525. This is a NE aspect on a slope of 31 to 35 degrees. It was rated as a R2 D1.5. They report that the slide broke 225 above the rider who “hit by slide, knocked off his sled and carried 60 feet.” He did not deploy his airbag and was buried 2-3 feet deep. Photos of the site are available at JHAvalanche.org. (This info has been updated according to the JHAvalanche.org report. Original details (elevation, lat/long) posted on 2/10 were changed.)

We will try to update this post when more information is available.


This is the 8th avalanche fatality in the US during the 2016/2017 winter season:


Read more about the avalanche in McCoy Creek in Idaho from the following sources: