February 21st, 2018

Snowmobiler dies in Sheep Creek avalanche, Idaho

In tragic news, a snowmobiler has died following a Sheep Creek avalanche on February 20, near Palisades Reservoir, Idaho.


Here are the details released by Bonneville County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue:

“On February 20th at 04:06 pm we responded to the report of an adult male buried in an avalanche in the upper bowl of Sheep Creek about 6 miles from the trailhead. The man was snowmobiling with a group of friends in the area. The man was located and freed from the slide, but did not survive. Deputies and Search and Rescue will be working through the night to bring the man’s body out of Sheep Creek. Sheep Creek is located directly east of Palisades Reservoir. Further information will be released pending notification of family.”

The identity of the deceased sledder has later been revealed to be 47-year-old Troy Leishman of Idaho Falls.


Snowmobiler dies in Sheep Creek avalanche, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center had listed the avalanche hazard rating for the day as “Considerable” at Upper Elevation. The rating was “Moderate” at Middle Elevation and “Low” at Lower Elevation.


Sheep Creek Avalanche


Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.


– MS