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Six People Caught In Avalanches

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Six people were caught in avalanches this weekend in western Montana.

Four snowmobilers were partially buried near Whitefish Mountain Resort on Saturday as well as a skier in the Bitterroot mountains. Another person was injured near Big Sky.

The Bozeman woman was skiing when she was caught in a slide in the Beehive Basin near Big Sky on Sunday.

She injured her leg when she was pushed into a tree by an avalanche and partially buried.

Two people she was traveling with quickly located her and were able to dig her out. Avalanche experts say you really need to be aware of the terrain you are in when recreating in the backcountry.
    
"People should stick to lower angle slopes and follow the three simple safety rules. Those rules include having rescue gear and knowing how to use it, only exposing one person at a time and always watching each other from a safe location," said Eric Knoff, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche expert.

Three people died in avalanches this weekend in the western part of the U.S., two in Colorado and one in Idaho. That brings the total number of avalanches deaths this year to 15. 

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