Snowmobiler killed in Sawtooth Mountains avalanche
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: February 20, 2021

From the Sawtooth Avalanche Center:

A snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche on Friday, February 19th, in the Smiley Creek drainage approximately 8 miles southwest of Galena Summit.

“A snowmobiler triggered a very large avalanche while climbing the slope. His track is visible in the photos. He was caught and carried at least 600 vertical feet. The rider had deployed his airbag, was found by his partners on the surface, and was determined to have died due to injuries incurred during the avalanche. The avalanche ran into a well-defined gully that acted as a terrain trap, and debris piled up to an estimated depth of 20-30 feet. A full accident report will be completed in the upcoming days.”