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Man rescued at Bridger Bowl, sheriff cautions skiers about early season risks

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Volunteer Rescuers cleaning up and getting ready for the next call after the rescue at Bridger Bowl. (courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.) Volunteer Rescuers cleaning up and getting ready for the next call after the rescue at Bridger Bowl. (courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.)

BOZEMAN - A man fell after a jump at Bridger Bowl Ski area at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and broke his lower leg.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units were dispatched along with the Bridger Canyon Fire Department and AMR ambulance at 6:00 p.m. after someone found the 19-year-old MSU student and made their way to cell service to call 911.

Rescuers used snowmobiles and a rescue sled to transport him the rest of the way down the mountain to a waiting ambulance.

Although ski areas haven’t officially opened, recent snowfall has drawn out skiers. In a press release, Sheriff Brian Gootkin offered a reminder of the extra risk from early season skiing.

“Even if you are on a ski area, there is no avalanche control or ski patrol until they open later this month.  You have to take that into account and spend the time to get educated and be prepared for emergencies.  Ski with a partner, carry avalanche gear and emergency supplies,” Gootkin said.

RELATED: Avalanche Center update on conditions in backcountry

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