Montana’s backcountry is a dreamland for skiers, snowmobilers, and ice-climbers, but sometimes, things go south. Last winter, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center recorded 32 avalanche incidents, one of which resulted in a fatality. Though these untamed wilds give more than they will ever take, they demand respect. Here’s a closer look at avalanche incidents in southwest Montana from last season.
Beartooths (Cooke City): 6
By activity (groups count as 1 incident)
*All numbers taken from mtavalanche.com and represent the 2016-17 ski season.