February 25, 2012 in News

Avalanche kills man in Northwest Montana


KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials in western Montana say one man is dead and another suffered minor injuries Saturday in an avalanche near Marias Pass.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the Cut Bank men triggered the avalanche while riding snow bikes in a drainage on Skyland Road off U.S. Highway 2.

He tells the Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/wWaPGR) that searchers recovered the body by about 3:45 p.m.

U.S. Forest Service officials on Friday warned of a moderate to high avalanche risk this weekend in backcountry areas in Montana and the Idaho panhandle.

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