Montana’s avalanche season is off to a nasty start after the death of a North Dakota snowmobiler on Nov. 26 near Cooke City, but that doesn’t mean the snowpack won’t stabilize as the winter wears on.
Donnie Duane McKay, 31, of Powers Lake, N.D., was not far from the Daisy Pass Road outside of Cooke City when an avalanche fatally buried him in about 5 feet of snow.
Last Wednesday's fatal avalanche was triggered by the victim, who was riding in terrain underneath this steep slope. The avalanche broke 2-3 feet deep, 300 feet wide, and ran 400 feet vertical.
COOKE CITY — An avalanche warning is in effect for the mountains around Cooke City after more heavy snow swept through the area.
A 31-year-old snowmobiler from North Dakota died Wednesday after being buried in an avalanche in the Henderson Peak area near Cooke City.
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Cars enter Yellowstone’s East Entrance in this file photo.
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A desk for the town’s Notary Public, above, sits inside the store.
Cooke City General Store, left, is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. A desk for the town’s Notary Public, above, sits inside the store.
What: The Cooke City General Store
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The mountains around Cooke City were lethal last week.
An 18-year-old Minnesota man was killed in an avalanche Tuesday afternoon in the Daisy Pass/Crown Butte area near Cooke City.
With another 10 to 12 inches of new snow falling, the avalanche danger has spiked to high on all wind-loaded slopes steeper than 35 degrees in the Cooke City area, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.
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Talk about bad timing.
This avalanche was triggered by a snowmobiler on Friday afternoon. It is located on a northeast-facing slope at 9,700 feet at the northern end of Henderson Ridge near Chimney Rock.
The avalanche broke 4 to 12 feet deep. It was a very steep and heavily wind-loaded northeast-facing slope. The debris consisted of hard slab snow.