Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:28 AM by Jamie Leary
Updated: Mar 11, 2013 10:29 AM
BOZEMAN - A Montana State University student is lucky to be alive after being carried over a 1,000 feet and buried in an avalanche.
It was day three of a four-day ski trip in the Centennial Mountains on the Montana/Idaho border. Jeremy Irons, 22, and his five friends, all experienced skiers, were headed back to the hut for the night. It was about 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 when the avalanche happened.
Jeremy was buried. He remembers thinking that the others were buried too. But they weren't. Luckily, they had the right equipment and began searching.
Jeremy was carried over 1,000 feet and fully buried. It took Jeremy's friend Daniel just three minutes to dig him out.
Jeremy was lucky to suffer only a dislocated shoulder and bruising.
Currently, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center reports the danger as moderate but reminds recreationalists that if there's enough snow to ride, there's enough to slide.