May 9, 2014 update. The Olson Gulch avalanche accident report is now available online:
On Saturday May 3 at 10 am, an experienced solo backcountry skier was caught in a wet snow avalanche in the southern portion of the Flint Creek range in the Olson Gulch drainage 10 air miles northwest of Anaconda, MT. He was carried approximately 760 feet down the path, strained through trees and was partially buried against a tree at the mid point of the avalanche. Although buried up to his chest, he was able to free himself enough to make a cell phone call to EMS and local SAR. He reported having back and leg injuries and unable to extricate himself. SAR arrived on scene at approximately 1240 and began extrication efforts. Butte Life Flight paramedics and nurses also arrived after post holing uphill to the site from the LZ. The individual died at the scene from injuries related to trauma.
The Avalanche Classification is: WL-ASu-D2-R2-I; a wet, loose snow, unintentionally triggered avalanche that could bury, injure or kill a person. The size of the avalanche is small relative to the historic path and the snow released on the new snow/old snow interface.