DISASTERS

Montana avalanche buries Idaho skier, killing him

An avalanche in southwestern Montana killed a skier over the weekend.

Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton says 55-year-old Christopher Peterson of Ketchum, Idaho, died. He was skiing with six other people Sunday when the slide buried him in 5 feet of snow near the base of a tree.

Hamilton says probes and an avalanche transceiver helped find Peterson and the other skiers dug him out within 15 to 20 minutes, but he couldn't be resuscitated.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says the slide happened on Henderson Mountain outside Cooke City. The avalanche was about 100 feet wide and 6 feet deep.