Montana snowmobiler killed in Idaho mountain avalanche

Posted at 1:06 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 15:06:05-05

HAMILTON, Mont. — A Montana man was killed in a large avalanche while riding a snowmobile in the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho.

The Ravalli Republic reported 30-year-old Andy Jessop of Corvallis died Friday while trying to climb a slope in the Smiley Creek area. A Sawtooth Avalanche Center report says Jessop’s activity triggered the avalanche. Jessop deployed an airbag but was caught in a debris flow and carried 600 feet down the mountain.

Jessop was a member of the Ravalli County Police Reserves and his body was escorted from Lost Trail Pass to Hamilton by a procession of police, emergency and personal vehicles.