There has already been a fatality. A snowmobiler from North Dakota perished near Cooke City.
A 31-year-old snowmobiler from North Dakota died Wednesday after being buried in an avalanche in the Henderson Peak area near Cooke City.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office received a report at about 1:30 p.m. of an individual partially buried and not breathing.
Search and Rescue members were dispatched from Cooke City, according to a release from Undersheriff Scott Hamilton.
According to another release, the man had been riding with a friend about 100 yards off the trail when the avalanche occurred.
The 31-year-old man was reportedly buried in about 7 feet of snow. He and his riding partner both had avalanche beacons.
The friend located and unburied the man, which took about minutes 20, and performed CPR.
Here is the Gallitan National Forest Avalanche Center's warning for Cooke City.
The avalanche center has issued warnings for other nearby ranges.
Be careful out there. For advice on how to prepare for avalanches in the event you are unexpectedly overtaken, go to our post January post. We don't want to write this winter on any more of our children's classmate's parents buried in and perishing in the snow.