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  1. #1
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    Beehive Basin Fatality

    On Sunday at 11:44 a.m., a pair of splitboarders triggered an avalanche in Beehive Basin north of Big Sky. They were skinning up the slope when they felt the slope collapse and saw cracks spreading around them. One of them fought to grab trees and self-arrested. The avalanche carried the second rider downslope where he impacted a tree, was partially buried, and sustained critical injuries. The rider who was able to escape the avalanche activated Search and Rescue by calling 911 and descended the slope to provide care to his partner. Big Sky and Gallatin County Search and Rescue evacuated the injured rider and transferred care to Big Sky Fire Department and Life Flight. Sadly, last night the rider who was partially buried died from injuries sustained in the avalanche. Our sincere, heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends of those involved. Alex and Doug will go to the scene today, and we will provide more information in the coming days.
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    The principal of Whittier Elementary School died Sunday night from injuries sustained after being partially buried in an avalanche in Beehive Basin earlier that day.

    Craig Kitto, 45, had been the principal of Whittier Elementary School since 2018.

    According to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Kitto and another splitboarder were going up the slope of the basin when they felt the snow on the slope collapse and saw cracks forming underneath them. One of the splitboarders grabbed a tree, while Kitto was carried downslope into a tree and was partially buried with critical injuries.

    The person who was not buried called 911 and went down the slope to help Kitto. Gallatin County and Big Sky Search and Rescue evacuated Kitto from Beehive Basin and got him to the Big Sky Fire Department Life Flight, which brought him to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

    Kitto told the Chronicle in 2018 that he was born and raised in Townsend and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Montana State University. He said he’s “a Bobcat, through and through.”

    Before making the move to Whittier, Kitto had 18 years of experience as an educator, including several years as an assistant principal at Buffalo High School and five years as the principal of Meadowlark Elementary in Buffalo, Wyoming.

    On a conference call with trustees shortly after the vote that confirmed him for the job at Whitter, Kitto said he was “beyond excited” to come back to Bozeman and be closer to his family.

    Former Superintendent Rob Watson, who recommended Kitto for the job, said in 2018 that he did so because of Kitto’s approachability, well-rounded background and excellent track record. Watson said Kitto went out of his way to include special education students in the classroom and had experience working in schools with high numbers of low-income kids.



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    OMG that is terrible.......
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    Here is a GNFAC video from the accident site.


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    Oh man. That is awful. RIP

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    God fucking dammit.
    No longer stuck.

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    Final report is up. Sounds like a nightmare and props to Big Sky SAR for getting back there in less than an hour after the initial call. Condolences to everyone affected.

    https://mtavalanche.com/accident/21/02/16

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