Ski patrol member dies in southwestern Montana avalanche

Jan 20, 2016 7:52 PM by News Staff

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - One of the two people who died in recent avalanches in the West was a 34-year-old ski patrol member who was helping two university students with avalanche research.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says the victim of Tuesday's slide near Cedar Basin in southwestern Montana was one of two Yellowstone Club ski patrol members who had accompanied the Montana State University graduate students.

They had just finished their work and were returning to the Yellowstone Club when the avalanche hit, sweeping the victim into the trees.

Yellowstone Club officials identified him as Darren Johnson and said he had worked for them since 2010.

In Wyoming, snowboarder Jed Wesley Foster died Tuesday in an avalanche south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has counted seven avalanche deaths in the U.S. this winter.

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