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Today January 21, 2016

Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana

HAMILTON – The search resumed this morning for a skier who went missing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain two days ago, but there was still no sign of the man, according to one of the ski area's owners.

Judy Glasser, co-owner of the ski area, said ski patrol and search and rescue teams were combing the area at dawn, after inclement weather forced them to stop the search on Wednesday night. 

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said the 65-year-old Corvallis man went skiing Tuesday morning and failed to come home that night. Hoffman did not release the name of the missing man, who was last seen at the ski area at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

After the man’s wife reported him missing Wednesday morning, his car was found covered with overnight snow in the ski area’s employee parking lot.

Members of the Lost Trail Ski Patrol searched the area Wednesday morning.

Ravalli County Search and Rescue was called to the scene Wednesday afternoon, Hoffman said, and helicopter from Whitefish’s Two Bear Air joined the search as well.

Judy Grasser's brother, Scott, who is also an owner of Lost Trail Powder Mountain, said the missing man is an advanced skier and has been a season ticket holder for years. The man often enjoys skiing alone at a high pace through the trees, Scott Grasser said.

“This has never happened before, but we were prepared,” he said. “As soon as we got the phone call, we did an in-bounds and out-of-bounds search, followed the emergency search procedures and we called search and rescue.”

Hoffman said search efforts ceased Wednesday night due to weather conditions and lack of visibility. 

Posted 10:30 PM Pacific Time December 29, 2015




Dear Radioman Friends, those who loved and respected Bart are nearer to closure.  A Ski Instructor with Lost Trail found Bart 1-2 days ago.  Apparently, the mountain has sustained high winds over the past few days, enough to move large amounts of snow. The instructor happened to notice a ski sticking out of the snow.  The initial report is that Bart did not hit a tree or fall into a tree well.  Bart face-planted. Sheri said that Bart often told stories of his epic face-plants and joked about them.  He may have hit something under the snow to knock him unconscious, but that’s just speculation at this point. Bart is off the mountain and is in Missoula awaiting autopsy. At least the waiting is over to find him. It was thought it might not be until the spring thaw until he was found. No word on plans for services yet. — with Bart Pickard.

Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana



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Search called off for man missing at Montana ski hill

 

Published On: Dec 26 2015 10:30:55 AM PST

HAMILTON, Mont. -
Authorities have called off the search for an experienced skier who was reported missing at a ski hill on the Montana-Idaho border.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said Friday that the amount of snow at the Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski hill made it virtually impossible to find the man after an intensive search.

 The skier, 65-year-old Bart Pickard of Corvallis, was reported missing Wednesday. He was last seen Tuesday morning at the lodge of the hill south of Hamilton.

 The ski patrol began looking for Pickard Wednesday morning. Search and rescue crews and the Two Bear Air helicopter crew from Whitefish also joined the search. Authorities been in touch with Pickard's family.

 Hoffman says it could be spring before crews recover Pickard's body, unless someone finds his equipment sooner.

 Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said Thuresday night that search efforts for a missing skier at Lost Trail have ceased unless they receive new information.

It was day two in the search for 65-year-old Bart Allen Pickard of Corvallis.

He was last seen on the mountain at 9:30 Tuesday morning and was reported missing on Wednesday. Ravalli County Search and Rescue worked with the Lost Trail Ski Patrol to try to find him. Search and Rescue and the ski patrol were skiing, snowshoeing, and using snow machines in the search. Much of the search was on the north slope near Chair Four. Hoffman said Pickard had a cell phone but attempts to get an answer on the phone have been unsuccessful. Phone service in the mountains is unreliable.
Lost Trail Co-owners Scott Grasser and Judy Grasser said "our hearts go out to the family".

Hello everyone. I know I've been posting a lot about Bart and I guess I'm not done, just yet. 

Bart's Wife, Sheri, called me today saying that she'd like Bart's autopsy results shared with his Coast Guard Friends and Shipmates.

There was no head trauma, no signs of suffocation and his heart valves were not stuck or clogged. It's still speculative about what exactly happened but it appears to have been some sort of natural electrical heart stoppage. 

What does seem clear is that Bart did not suffer from pain and he did not worry or wonder about his rescue. He simply checked out while doing what he loved. 

Sheri said that Bart did not want a funeral but she would like to have a "Celebrate Bart Party" in Montana sometime in late June when the weather is more favorable. More about this later once the date and place is known. 

My wife Julie has offered to put together a "Bart Memorabilia Album" for Sheri. If you would like to be part of it, please email me your favorite story about Bart and/or a story about how Bart changed your life. If you have a picture of Bart or one of you and him together that you're willing to copy or part with, please consider sending it to me. 

Lastly, did any of you attend the CREDO Retreat due to per Bart's suggestion or prompting? Stories about that would also be greatly appreciated.

Take care and Thanks!

/s/ Matt Skahill

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