BUTTE — An Anaconda man died after being caught in a backcountry avalanche.
Authorities say Ron Russell, 46, was cross-country skiing on the top of Olson Gulch outside of Anaconda when he was overtaken by the avalanche Saturday morning.
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Coroner Gerry Thomas said Russell was able to dig himself out and call for help. Search and rescue crews and the Anaconda Fire Department responded.
“There was nothing they could do. He died at the scene,” Thomas said.
Russell, who was skiing alone, suffered blunt force injuries, he said.
A celebration of life is slated for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Anaconda High School Gymnasium. Russell was a long-time math tutor at the school.