A skier died in an avalanche in the Tobacco Root Mountains south of Pony Friday.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office identified 35-year-old Benjamin Hirsch-McShane of San Francisco as the man who died.
According to the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, four skiers were caught in the avalanche near Bell Lake Yurt.
Although two skiers were able to grab trees and avoid being swept away, another was seriously injured, and one died from trauma sustained in the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the incident by the U.S. Forest Service, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Two Bear Air, Central Copters, and LifeFlight Air Ambulance.
Yesterday (1/25) near Bell Lake in the Tobacco Roots four skiers were ascending a steep, heavily treed slope and…