Eight members of the team responded to a call for a missing skier in the Beehive/Middle Basin area. The missing skiers friend called for help when his friend failed to return to the Beehive Basin trailhead later in the day. The two had become separated on the ridge between Beehive and Middle Basin. By the time that BSSAR was called in for help it was dark and cold but thankfully the winds were calm. The BSSAR assembled three teams to conduct a search of the Middle Basin area by skiing down into the basis from Beehive and snowshoeing up into the basin via North Fork. After several hours the missing skier was found unharmed. The three BSSAR teams converged on the North Fork trail returning with out incident to the BSSAR building.
Five members of the team responded to an evening call of an injured paraglider in the Porcupine area. One member of the team transported a paramedic with the Big Sky Fire Dept. quickly via side-by-side. Another BSSAR team drove another side-by-side with the ambulance sled to the site where the patient was packaged for potential back injuries and transport down the mountain to the awaiting ambulance.
Six members of the team responded to an afternoon call for a seriously injured Forest Service employee near Twin Cabins. One member transport a Big Sky Fire Dept paramedic rapidly to the scene via side-by-side. The Forest Service had been cutting trees in the area. A tree fell on the patient resulting in a least a broken femur. Due to the seriousness of the injury Summit Air was called in to handle the transportation to the hospital. The BSSAR team assisted in the patient packaging and landing zone preparations.
Nine members of the team responded to a very early morning call of a missing archery hunter in the Taylor Fork area. The team met at the SAR building and developed a strategy to deploy three different teams into three areas to search for the hunter who had been last seen at 7:30 the previous morning. Two teams used side-by-sides and one their feet to mount the search. The "foot soldiers" found the missing hunter on the Cinnamon trail uninjured. The hunter had become disoriented in the dark the previous night and was able to survive the cold wet night by being prepared.
Four members responded to an early evening call for a missing hiker in Lava Lake area. Once again a member of a party had left the group and become disoriented. The reporting party was able to locate the missing hiker before the team arrived at the trailhead.
Five members of the team provided on hill support for the Rut Races held at the Big Sky Ski Resort. Racers from the 11K, 25K and 50K were provided transportation and first aid assistance from the members. The team used a side-by-side with the ambulance sled to transport racers to the medical tent at the base area. Members from the team staged in the medical tent assisting Big Sky Fire Dept. with patients.
Two members of the team responded to a late afternoon call for an injured hiker in the Beehive Basin area. Upon arrival the members found that one member of a couple on their honeymoon accidently sprayed their new spouse with bear spray. The unfortunate spouse was treated on scene.
Six members of the team responded to a call for an injured mountain biker on the South Fork trail. The mountain biker had fallen losing consciousness. Two members of the team along with two members from Big Sky Fire Department made their way up the popular trail with the Teton litter. The reporting party was unsure of their exact location on the trail which resulted in the four members of the rescue effort hiking up most of the trail. Additional members from BSSAR arrived to assist in the packaging and transport back down the trail to the awaiting ambulance.
Four members of the team responded to an early afternoon call for a sick disabled person on the Ousel Falls trail. One member transported a Big Sky Fire Department paramedic to the scene while the other BSSAR members stood by. After review by the paramedic the patient was transported up the trail to the ambulance by way of BSSAR side-by-side without incident.
BSSAR responded to a request by the Big Sky Fire Department to assist in the extrication of an injured mountain biker between the Beehive Basin and ski mountain. One member of the team responded with the Teton litter however, the resource was cancelled prior to arrival.
Three members of the team responded to an early afternoon report of a missing hiker at Ramshorn Lake. A group of seven plus experienced hikers had stopped for lunch when one in their party walked away from the group and became disoriented. Members of the hiking party were able to find the missing hiker before BSSAR got on scene.
Twelve members of the BSSAR team responded to a skiing accident on the Hanging Gardens in the Beehive area. Members of a backcountry ski team followed proper safety protocols however, a small wind slab on the off camber portion of the slope sent one in the party over a cliff resulting in his death. BSSAR assisted in the recovery which was ultimately handled by helicopter.
Four members of the BSSAR team volunteered to be present at the 320 Guest Ranch's Ski Joring event on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st to provide First Responder/EMT assistance for the competitors. Falls from competitors on both days resulted in two injuries requiring the teams assistance.
Twelve members of the BSSAR team responded to an early afternoon call for a missing person that was last seen on the mountain at the Big Sky Resort the previous day. One BSSAR team was sent to the mountain to distribute pictures of the missing party and search the public areas while the Big Sky Ski Patrol searched the ski area. Another BSSAR team was sent to the missing parties residence, another team took pictures of the missing party and began searching the public establishments within the Big Sky meadow and canyon areas. The missing male was located uninjured before nightfall.