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Glacier avalanche report reveals new details

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Jan 13 2013 06:42:31 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 13 2013 06:43:05 PM MST
Details of Glacier National Park avalanche emerge

NBC Montana has learned some new details about an avalanche that buried and injured a skier at Glacier National Park last week. It turns out, there were two avalanches on Elk Mountain that day.

That’s according to the final incident report from the Flathead Avalanche Center. NBC Montana has also learned that the skier was carried about 800 feet downhill before coming to a stop, buried up to his neck. The skier wasn’t wearing an avalanche beacon.

Specialists say the skier and his snowboarder friend didn’t check the avalanche advisory that day, which was listed as “considerable.” To read the report, click here. 

Glacier park staff are reminding folks to be prepared when heading out into the back country, and that includes having the proper gear and skillset.