20 January 2008 - Avalanche Rescue in Beehive Basin

Eleven members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a report of a person buried in a avalanche. After some investigation this was determined to be a single burial and a fatality. Rescuer members went in on snowmobiles and skis to recover the body and assist the coroner with the investigation. Big Sky Ski Patrol, the GNF Avalanche Center, Gallatin County Rescue Dogs, the Helicopter Team and Big Sky Fire all participated in this mission. The Incident Commander was a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy.
A report from the GNF Avalanche Center can be found here
Photos from the avalanche can be found here.
An article in the Bozeman Chronicle can be found here.
The entire mission lasted about 4-1/2 hours.

18 January 2008 - BSSAR Academy

Ten members of Big Sky Search and Rescue participated in this training on standard operating procedure. The class was done in a scenario formate and covered incident command, radio communication, strategy and tactics, snowmobile operations, ambulance sled operations and equipment, patient assessment, spine assessment and treatment, and long bone injury assessment and treatment, including traction splinting. Continuing education credit was award for EMT's. The course lasted about 5 hours.

12 January 2008 - Avalanche Rescue Near Eaglehead Mtn

Ten members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded for an avalanche rescue on the north side of Eaglehead Mountain. A snowmobile was reported buried in avalanche debris by a passing group. The reporting party could not find anyone around and was unsure if people were still buried there. A team from BSSAR accessed the site and forwarded the VIN number to the incident commander and began a beacon search. The Sheriff's office was able to locate the owner safe at home. the owner reported he had been completely buried and was rescued by his friends. He also reported that no one else was in the debris. Also involved in this mission was the Gallatin County Rescue Dog Team, the Alpine/Helicopter Team, GVSA, the GNF Avalanche Center and a Yellowstone National Park Ranger. The incident commander was a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy.
The Avalanche Center report can be found here.
The mission lasted approximately four hours.

10 January 2008 - Regular Monthly Training

17 members of BSSAR participated in this class on avalanche rescue. The training lasted about two hour.