Nine members of the team responded on a very cold afternoon for a injured skier at Beehive Basin. The reporting party indicated that the skier had hit their head while navigating a jump and had lost consciousness. The injured skier was now awake but becoming very combative. BSSAR dispatched a Hasty team to ski into the area as well as requesting helicopter assistance due to the reporting parties description of the injury and the extreme cold. The helicopter was able to reach the patient before our Hasty team and fly the injured party to the Big Sky Medical Center.
Five members of the team responded to an evening call for the recovery of a snowmobiler killed in an avalanche in the Cabin Creek area. West Yellowstone SAR was closer to the site and provided the resources. Our condolences to the family and friends.
At least seven members of the team provided the first response support to the Inaugural Town Center Skijoring event. This snow covered circle track complete with jumps truly provided a great opportunity for fun and injuries.
This was the third year that BSSAR has provided the support to the 320 Guest Ranch's ski joring event. A snow covered race course where horses tow a skier or snowboarder as fast as possible provides a high probability for injury. BSSAR provides the first response to injures and the equipment to quickly transport an injured racer off of the course.
Six members of the team responded to an afternoon call for an unresponsive male that had been cross county skiing on the meadow trails. Big Sky Fire was already on scene and requested our assistance is transporting the patient to the ambulance. BSSAR used one of their snowmobiles with the ambulance sled as a back-up for the fire departments truck that they were able to drive on the groomed trail.
Eight members of the team responded to an afternoon call for a snowmobiler that was separated from his group and stuck somewhere in Tee Pee Creek. Once his location was identified we requested West Yellowstone SAR respond as they are closer to the location.
Six members of the team responded to an afternoon call for two missing snowmobilers in the Buck Ridge area. Two of the BSSAR team were already up in the area on snowmobiles so they were able to quickly find and assist the lost party find their was back to the trailhead.
One dedicated member responded to a 2:00 AM call for two lost snowshoers up Garnett Mountain. The Gallatin County Sheriff Deputy serving as Incident Command was able to talk the missing snowshoers down to the trailhead by phone.
Three members of the team assisted the Gallatin Valley SAR in recovery of a female avalanche victim on Imp Peak. Our condolences to the family and friends.
Five members of the team responded to an afternoon call of a submerged raft on the Gallatin River near the 35 mile an hour bridge or the beginning of the Mad Mile. Prior to leaving the SAR building the call was cancelled.