Ten members of the BSSAR team responded to an evening call for a missing snowmobiler. Three men were snowmobiling in the Carrot Basin area when one of the men rode off a steep ridge from the trail and down into another drainage. He was unable to climb back up the hill to where his friends were waiting due to the terrain. His friends reported that he began riding southwest in the drainage and after several hours they became concerned as this snowmobiler was not familiar with the area and they were unsure of what type of gear he was carrying that could sustain him through the night. BSSAR sent two snowmobile teams into the area while West Yellowstone SAR approached the area from the Beaverhead Road direction. Conditions were deteriorating and the BSSAR team was just about ready to suspend the search until the following morning when they heard the lost snowmobiler below them. The missing party eventually climbed up the hill to the BSSAR team and was transported uninjured to the staging area in Taylor Fork.
Six members of the BSSAR team responded to a late afternoon call for two lost hikers. The two young men had left mid morning to hike up Gallatin Peak with minimal equipment. The weather turned cold, windy and wet midway through their hike and they became disoriented and very cold. BSSAR provided the ground search with part of the team using dirt bikes in one area and the other team hiking in on foot to search another area. Helicopters were also employed however the weather conditions provided poor visibility. The two hikers were found by early evening and transported to the trail head by the BSSAR dirt bike team.
Two members for the BSSAR team responded to an early morning call for a missing 22 year old autistic male in the Rainbow Point area just north of West Yellowstone. BSSAR was asked to assist the West Yellowstone SAR as well as the Gallatin Valley SAR in locating this individual. The man was found uninjured in West Yellowstone by mid morning. In 2013 BSSAR was called to the same area for another lost autistic male who was also found with out injury after an exhaustive search.
Three members of the BSSAR team responded to a call for an 82 year old female hiker on the Middle Fork trail in the Aspen Groves area. The hiker was experiencing shortness of breath and mild disorientation. The team members used ATVs to transport medical personnel to the hiker and then transport the hiker to the trail head where the ambulance was waiting.
Three (3) members of the BSSAR team responded to a injured ATV rider up Doe Creek Trail in the Buck Ridge area. The team used ATVs to locate the seriously injured party who had apparently run into a tree. He was transported to the trail head and air lifted to the nearest hospital.
Six (6) members of the BSSAR team responded to a call for an injured hiker in the Aspen Groves area. The hiker was found near the Middle Fork and Poop Chute trails. One member of the team was sent on a dirt bike to quickly find the injured party who had slipped down an embankment and injured his ankle. A second team was sent in using ATVs to extract the injured party and transport him safely to the ambulance waiting in the Aspen Groves neighborhood.
Three (3) members of the BSSAR team responded to the report of a missing boy in the popular Ousel Falls area. The boy was found prior to the teams arrival on scene.
Two (2) members of the BSSAR team responded to a page for an injured climber in the Gallatin Canyon near House Rock. Members of the Gallatin Valley Search and Rescue who where training in the area assisted BSSAR in the extrication and transportation of the injured climber to the Lava Lake Trail Head and the awaiting ambulance.
Eight (8) members of the BSSAR team responded to a report of 3 people caught in an avalanche while back country skiing in the Beehive Basin area. The 3 people were located and transported to the trail head. One of the party was seriously injured requiring a transport by toboggan down to the trail head to the awaiting ambulance. The other members of the party were able to follow the BSSAR team to the trail head.
Three (3) members of the BSSAR team responded to a mid morning call for an injured snowmobiler in the Buck Ridge area. The team members used snowmobiles to transport the injured party to the trail head and the waiting ambulance.
Eight (8) members of the Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a call in the Taylor Fork area near Carrot Basin for a missing snowmobiler. Three snowmobilers were riding when one fell behind and stuck his snowmobile in deep snow. The other two snowmobilers called 911 at 5:00 PM. BSSAR sent a Hasty team of three in on snowmobiles and had three others standing by as back-up. The Hasty team was able to locate the missing snowmobiler and transport him back to the trailhead within 2 hours. The missing snowmobiler recognizing that he was stuck and that it was getting dark stayed put and made preparations to make it through the night. The Hssty team indicated that the man's use of a "strobe light" app on his phone made it easier to pin point his location.
Seven (7) members of the BSSAR team contributed at least sixteen man-hours in the rescue of a women involved in a snowmobile accident in the Buck Ridge area. She collided with another snowmobiler suffering injuries to her arm and hip. The location of the accident along with the rapid response by the all volunteer BSSAR team allowed for the victim to be rapidly transported to the trailhead where the Big Sky Fire Department was waiting. The BSSAR team used a one-man hasty team on a snowmobile to get to the patient followed by a two-man team consisting of advanced life support certification to package the patient for transport.
Fourteen members of the Big Sky Search and Rescue team contributed over eighty man hours in planning for and assisting in the recovery of an avalanche victim in the Onion Basin area. On New Years Day three snowmobilers entered the Onion Basin area via Portal Creek. At approximately 2:00 PM they were overtaken by an avalanche. The Gallatin Valley National Forest Avalanche Center conducted an investigation into the fatality and found that the crown was 400 ft. wide; 2 ft. deep; ran for 1,000 ft. slope distance; 500 ft. vertical and had a debris field between 5-8 ft. All three snowmobilers were equipped with beacons, probes and shovels and two were wearing airbag packs that had not been deployed. It took over 30 minutes to extricate the victim and after over 40 minutes of CPR the two survivors decided to ride out for help. BSSAR was paged at 6:00 PM for the rescue and met the two survivors at the Portal Creek trailhead. It was determined that due to the high avalanche danger the body recovery would take place the following day. The BSSAR team determined that the safest and most efficient way to recover the body was to use a helicopter. On January 2nd the BSSAR team staged three back-up teams at the Portal Creek trailhead to assist the helicopter team if needed. The BSSAR teams consisted of two snowmobile teams and a ski team. The mission went as planned with the helicopter team recovering the body; conducting the fatality investigation and handing the body off to the BSSAR ground team.