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Man Killed In Slide Tried To Outrun Avalanche

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Avalanche experts say the snowmobiler who died in Big Sky last week tried to outrun the Avalanche.

Doug Chabot with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says 46-year-old Burton Kenneth Gibson was underneath avalanche terrain when he was caught in the slide.

Burton did have an airbag on, but did not use it. Chabot said 30% of the time, airbags do not work.

"It's a great piece of equipment to have, but it's not fool proof," said Chabot. "We also recommend that when you go in the backcountry, you have an avalanche transceiver, a shovel and probe."

Chabot adds an avalanche happens so quickly most of the time people try to either outrun it or use an airbag.

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