GALLATIN COUNTY, Mt. (KIFI/KIDK)-Two cross-country skiers were hospitalized Tuesday after they were involved in separate skiing accidents.
The Gallatin County, Montana Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Fremont County, Idaho Sheriff's Office on a 911 call at around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. The call was traced to about 7 miles southwest of West Yellowstone.
A 67-year-old Montana man had fallen while cross-country skiing and suffered a severe upper leg injury.
Gallatin County officials said a 60-year-old Idaho woman fell and injured her hip in a separate accident at around the same time.
Both victims were among 3,000 skiers participating in the annual West Yellowstone Fall Ski Camp event. That event was moved from the Rendezvous Trails to the South Plateau in order to find enough snow. But, conditions there were fast and icy.
The skiers were moved from the accident scene to a nearby parking lot. The woman was transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg with a Yellowstone National Park ambulance. The man was transported down the mountain and flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. They were not identified.