ELKO – Emergency responders were called to Lamoille Canyon Sunday evening on a report of a snowmobiler injured in an avalanche.
Lamoille volunteer firefighters and Elko County Fire District's Spring Creek Station 1 responded to the accident in the upper part of the canyon between the beaver ponds and Road’s End, according to Matthew Nelson of the Lamoille VFD.
They were assisted by Ruby Mountain Heli-Ski personnel in getting the victim to the road.
Reach Air was called but unable to respond, Nelson said. The snowmobiler was transported to the hospital by ground ambulance.
“Lamoille VFD is very grateful to Joe Royer and Ruby Mountain Heli-Ski for his assistance that night,” he added.
The accident occurred after dark when the snowmobile drove into a prior avalanche, Nelson said.
U.S. Forest Service officials were unavailable for comment about the snow conditions in the Ruby Mountains.
The latest storm system that arrived March 1 delivered about a foot of new snow in some local ranges.
The SNOTEL monitor at the 8,051-foot level in Lamoille Canyon registered an additional 9 inches of snow, for a total of 41 inches.
Robinson Lake in the East Humboldt range picked up 21 inches for a current total of 57 inches. Pole Creek Ranger Station near Jarbidge listed a gain of one foot for a total of 54 inches. Jacks Peak in the Independence range only received about 6 inches, for a current total of 55 inches.
(This article was corrected from an earlier version which said Spring Creek volunteers and Reach Air responded.)