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Cars fill a parking lot at Snowbowl mountain April 01,2020. Guidelines for safe recreation during the coronavirus pandemic include social distancing and toning down the risks in order to protect first responders and preserve hospital beds.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

According to a 2018 report from Headwaters Economics, nearly 90 percent of Montanans participate in outdoor recreation for physical and mental well-being. But safety concerns amid the novel coronavirus outbreak are complicating how people get outside.

Much Of Montana Under Winter Weather Advisories

Nov 3, 2017
Bison and snowcoaches share the road in Yellowstone National Park.
National Park Service

Much of Montana is under winter weather advisories Friday and Saturday, and that means a lot of snow.

Yellowstone Park's east entrance.
Diane Renkin-NPS (PD)

This weekend is the last chance many people will have to drive in Yellowstone National Park before roads close for the winter.

The west, south, and east entrances to the park will close to vehicle travel on Monday, November 6 so officials can prepare them for the winter season.

Avalanche Kills Skier Outside Cooke City

Dec 12, 2016

An avalanche in southwestern Montana killed a skier over the weekend.

Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton says 55-year-old Christopher Peterson of Ketchum, Idaho died Sunday while skiing with six other people on Henderson Mountain outside Cooke City.

One Dead In Avalanche Near Cooke City

Dec 21, 2015
Doug Chabot of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center on the scene of the fatality north of Cooke City.
Courtesy Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

The Park County Sheriff’s office has identified the snomobiler killed in an avalanche north of Cooke City Saturday. He was 33-year-old Jason Wald of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Wald was one of a party of five snomobilers on a steep slope at about 1:00 Saturday afternoon. According to a video made by Doug Chabot with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, the riders were aware they were in a bad spot.