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Two Bear Air Rescue

Two Bear Air Rescue in Whitefish is the first company in the Americas to fly with the new RECCO detector, show here in a photo courtesy of http://www.recco.com.
Courtesy http://www.recco.com

As the number of skiers and snowmobilers charging deeper into the backcountry in search of unblemished powder rises, so does the number of calls for rescue. Now, a search and rescue outfit based in Whitefish can look for lost people from the air using a piece of technology that might already be stitched into their jackets.

It’s called RECCO, and the philanthropically-funded Two Bear Air Rescue is the first company in the Americas to fly with the new RECCO detector.

A snow bike sits on a cornice near the crest of Spring Slide Mountain in the Swan Range where bikers triggered an avalanche Jan. 5, 2019.
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The Flathead National Forest is investigating an avalanche involving motorized snow bikes that happened on Jan. 5. The bikers may have been in an area closed to over-snow vehicles.

Keith Hammer is the chair of the Swan View Coalition in the Flathead Valley. Hammer heard about the avalanche on Spring Slide Mountain and recognized the area.

Missing skier Jonathan Torgerson was believed to be skiing out-of-bounds in the Canyon Creek area off of Flower Point at Whitefish Mountain..
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Search and rescue teams are still looking for a man who went missing Saturday night after skiing into the backcountry outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the multi-agency search for 62-year-old Jonathan Torgerson of Columbia Falls.

Torgerson, a physician at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, was reported overdue Saturday night after skiing alone just before a storm moved in carrying strong wind gusts and a foot of snow. He was believed to be skiing out-of-bounds in the Canyon Creek area off of Flower Point.

Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson
Kalispell Regional Health Care

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing backcountry skier they’ve been searching for since Saturday evening as Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, a 62-old-physician from Columbia Falls who has long practiced in the area.

The Sheriff’s office says it got a report at approximately 7:15 p.m. Saturday that Torgerson was overdue from a solo ski in the Flower Point area of Whitefish Mountain Resort.