Skier Killed In Avalanche On Henderson Mountain Near Cooke City, Montana (UPDATED)

GNFAC Reports Avalanche Fatality On Henderson Mountain Near Cooke City, Montana

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Cooke City, Montana – On Sunday, December 11, 2016 a skier was killed in an avalanche on Henderson Mountain (10338’) in the Beartooth Mountains outside of Cooke City, Montana. Another skier was partially buried, but escaped without injury.

The avalanche is initially being reported as “upwards of 6 feet deep and 100 feet wide and ran through timber.” The GNFAC  reported the avalanche danger as “considerable” in Cooke City on 12/11/16.

At this point, details are extremely limited. This incident was reported by the Friends Of The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s Facebook page:

UPDATE 12/12:

  • The avalanche victim has been identified as Christopher Peterson, 55, from Ketchum Idaho (KBZK.com).
  • The group skied the slope “at least a couple of times” before it slid. It took 15-20 minutes to locate the victim, who was buried under about 5 feet of snow near a tree (ExploreBigSky.com).
  • Doug Chabot and Eric Knoff of the GNFAC visited the scene of the Henderson Bench accident fatality on 12/12. The “slide was 250′ vertical, 3′ deep and 80-150′ wide.” The snow failed on facets on top of a firm ice crust. The starting zone at the crown was roughly 35 degrees and rolls over onto a heavily treed 40 degree slope. Watch the following video to see the accident site and the crown:

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  • Find the CAIC Avalanche Report here.

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

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