Mountain Valley Motor Sports donates snowmobile to GNFAC, a non-profit supporting avalanche awareness and safety

Many of us are aware of the tragic accident that happened in Cooke City last week when a snowmobiler from North Dakota died in an Avalanche accident on Sheep Mountain. A tragedy such as this, sheds light on the importance of Avalanche Safety and prevention for skiers, snowmobilers and back country people. The team leading the charge in assessing the current conditions and safety is Friends of Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC ), a non-profit out of Bozeman, MT. Daily, this group of devoted people travel around the surrounding areas, the Beartooth Mountains being one of them, evaluating snow conditions. Just a day after the accident, Alex Marienthal of GNFAC says in the video below, "We're ridin' around, our sleds are sinking through. When we get off, we punch through the slab and sink to the ground and so we know this weak, sugary snow is there. We have major instability and a high avalanche danger." Mountain Valley Motor Sports of Cody works closely with this team; helping them in their quests of keeping the mountain safe for us all. Very recently, MVMS donated a brand new Yamaha Nytro Snow Mobile to their friends at the GNFAC. When asked why they made the donation, Johanna Phipps- Owner, said, "We are concerned and we would really like people to be safe! A lot of people from Cody, Powell and the entire basin often go to Cooke City for winter activities.... this is a way for us to help." "GNFAC has been here at MVMS, offering avalanche safety courses, both here at the shop and in the field for real time practice. The courses are free, but they do ask for donations," continues Johanna. [image: Inline image 1] *Johanna and Tom Phipps, owners of Mountain Valley Motor Sports* Follow MVMS on Facebook to see what else they are up to. *Feature Photo: Tom Phipps with Eric Knoff from GNFAC when they received the donated snow mobile* #reboot #sponsored #news #mvms