Skier death in Big Sky

A Texas man died in a skiing accident at Big Sky Resort on Friday, March, 5, 2021.

Kirby Smith, 60, from Dallas, Texas, was skiing with his son at the time. He died from blunt force injuries to the head. He was wearing a helmet.

The details of how the accident occurred are being investigated by Big Sky Ski Patrol.

The Madison River hosts constant tubers and fishermen in the summer due to its scenic beauty, outstanding fishing and the perception of its safety. PHOTO COURTESY GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE

Disaster on the river

The Madison River looks benign – like a gentle lazy river from a theme park that was miraculously cast into stunning surroundings.

“People are lulled into a false sense of safety because the water isn’t swift and it isn’t deep,” Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office Search and Rescue (GCSOSAR) Commander Scott Secor said.

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