West Yellowstone woman rescued after falling while night skiing

Posted at 11:48 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 13:48:58-04

WEST YELLOWSTONE – A West Yellowstone woman was rescued Tuesday night after falling on a ski trail and injuring her ribs, according to a media release from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the woman’s mother placed a 911 call to West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The mother was concerned that her daughter had fallen while skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trail system.

The 23-year-old woman was unable to stand due to her rib injury and was requesting assistance. Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded.

Rescuers located the woman using the GPS coordinates from the 911 call, as well as descriptors from the woman who stayed on the phone with dispatch until rescuers arrived.  She was packaged on a rescue sled and transported to the trailhead where the rescue team met up with a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind skiers that it’s always advisable to recreate with a partner in case of such an event. Additionally, skiing at night can add danger and difficulty to any rescue operation.