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Skier dies, snowboarder rescued in Whitefish

Posted: Mar 03, 2018 9:32 PM Updated:

WHITEFISH - A Canadian skier died at Whitefish Mountain Resort and a Canadian snowboarder was reported missing in separate incidents on Friday.

According to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, a 56-year-old Canadian resident was skiing with a friend when they became separated. 

The friend reported him missing and after a two-hour search by Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Patrol, his body was found around 3:15 p.m. in a tree well in-bounds not far from the summit.

The victim’s name and city of residence are being withheld pending notification of family.

In a separate incident on Friday, a 30-year-old Canadian snowboarder was reported missing by friends who had last seen him in the Chair 2 area about 6:30 p.m. 

A search by Flathead Search and Rescue and Nordic Ski Patrol was initiated. 

The Two Bear Air Rescue helicopter responded and was able to locate him out of bounds shortly before midnight below the ski resort between Northern Lights Drive and Whitefish Lake.  

He had become lost in the dark and wound up below the lift. He was rescued by Two Bear and returned to the resort. 

The search for Dr. Jon Torgerson continued Saturday as well with volunteer search and rescue personnel searching out of bounds from the Flower Point area on skis and volunteers from North Valley Search and Rescue working the lower sections of the search area on snowmobiles and snowshoes. 

Sheriff Chuck Curry said he is thankful to all the dedicated volunteers who have worked countless hours over the last two weeks in several search and rescue cases.     

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