Backcountry Incidents: By the Numbers

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Backcountry Incidents: By the Numbers

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Drew Hulse


Montana’s backcountry is a dreamland for skiers, snowmobilers, and ice-climbers, but sometimes, things go south. Last winter, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center recorded 32 avalanche incidents, one of which resulted in a fatality. Though these untamed wilds give more than they will ever take, they demand respect. Here’s a closer look at avalanche incidents in southwest Montana from last season.




By Range
Bridgers: 8
Gallatins: 3
Madisons: 14
Crazies: 1
Beartooths (Cooke City): 6 

By month
November: 1

December: 4
January: 8
February: 12
March: 5
April: 2 

By activity (groups count as 1 incident)
Skiing: 18
Snowmobiling: 12
Climbing: 2

*All numbers taken from mtavalanche.com and represent the 2016-17 ski season.

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