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Montana avalanche buries Idaho skier, to kill him

BOZEMAN, Mont. – An avalanche in southwestern Montana killed a skier in the weekend.

Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton, says the 55-year-old Christopher Peterson of Ketchum, Idaho, died. He was skiing with six other people Sunday when the slide buried him in the 5 meters of snow in the vicinity of the foot of a tree.

Hamilton says probes and an avalanche transceiver, helped Peterson and the other skiers dug him out within 15 to 20 minutes, but he could not be resuscitated.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says the slide happened on Henderson Mountain outside of Cooke City. The avalanche was about 100 metres wide and 6 metres deep.

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