Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

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.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams from Big Sky and Bozeman were mobilized for a seriously injured paraglider who suffered a rough and unexpected landing. PHOTO COURTESY GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Paraglider in peril

A paraglider in Big Sky recently had a rough scrape when his flight suddenly and unexpectedly ended. His landing left him with a broken pelvis. The injury was “an 11 on a scale of one to 10,” Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Commander Scott Secor explained.

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