Cooke City, Mont. • An 18-year-old Minnesota man has died after he was buried in an avalanche in southwestern Montana that apparently was triggered by another snowmobiler.
The victim was stuck on a slope and trying to start his snowmobile Tuesday afternoon when another snowmobiler high-marked above him, triggering the slide, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center said. High marking involves riding a snowmobile straight up a mountain as far as the rider can and turning around before becoming stuck or losing power.
The Park County sheriff's office received a report of a snowmobiler buried in the Daisy Pass and Crown Butte area near Cooke City about 4 p.m. Tuesday.