Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Smoky Mountains, Frenchman Creek, west of Galena Summit
Summary: 4 snowmobilers caught and buried, 1 killed
From the Sawtooth Avalanche Center:
An avalanche in the Frenchman Creek drainage (northwest of Galena Summit) buried 4 snowmobilers on Sunday February 16th at approximately 2:00 PM. Three members of the party survived but, tragically, one was killed. The avalanche appears to have been remotely triggered by the party while they were in the runout zone below the slope. The 2-4’ deep avalanche released on a NW aspect at roughly 9000 feet in elevation, traveled approximately 1400 vertical feet, and is estimated to be a D3 sized avalanche. We extend our deepest condolences to friends and family of those involved in the accident.
Here is a link to the Final Report: sawtoothavalanche.com
Here is a video posted by the SAC: www.youtube.com
Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 2233 MST.
Updated: 17 Feb 2014 at 1815 MST to correct place.
Updated: 22 Feb 2014 at 1707 MST with video link.
Updated: 18 Apr 2014 at 1707 MST with final report.