Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:44 AM by Jamie Leary
Updated: Feb 3, 2013 11:47 AM
Lieutenant Jason Jarrett, support services with Gallatin County Search and Rescue, says the 2 teens were stuck in an out of bounds area near Bridger Bowl.
"They might have made it out by themselves eventually but it would have been this morning," said Jarrett.
Jarrett continued by saying, "they were quite lucky as under other circumstances this could have ended very different."
Jarrett says the skiers did not have food or extra layers to keep them safe and warm if they had been stuck overnight.
According to Gallatin County Sheriff's Department, one skier and one snowboarder, both in their late teens to early twenties, were coming down Wolverine, a run on the north edge of Bridger Bowl, when they went out of bounds, and got stuck in an area of deep powder Saturday afternoon.
A Sheriff's Deputy Search & Rescue Coordinator was dispatched to Bridger Bowl to conduct the search, as it was outside of the ski area boundary.
During the search it was discovered the missing skiers had been able to send a text message to a friend in Bozeman, letting them know that they were stuck in the bottom of Wolverine Bowl and to send ski patrol.
2 Sheriff's SAR skiers that are also Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol started the search. Bridger Bowl employees took snowmobiles to boundary and assisted.
The skiers were located unharmed. Jarrett emphasized 3 points when recreating outdoors; know the terrain, ski with a partner and be prepared with equipment and clothing.