BUTTE - An adult male backcountry skier died in an avalanche in a remote area northeast of Philipsburg on Monday, Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson said.

Dunkerson declined to release the skier's identity until family is notified of his death.

He said dispatchers received a report about 3 p.m. that someone was buried in the avalanche. He said search and rescue, the sheriff's department and volunteers responded.

He said witnesses at the scene attempted to dig out the skier.

Dunkerson declined to release further details on the location or circumstances of the avalanche.

He said more information would be released Tuesday.

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