On Thursday, Feb. 4 MSU Student Nathaniel “Alex” Wright went alone ski the backcountry of Hyalite Canyon. During the solo expedition, Wright suffered an equipment failure in which a skin came off his skis. This failure made it difficult to ski, and in an attempt to return to his car, Wright perished. His exact cause of death is unclear; however, Gallatin Officials state that the malfunction lead to a “cascade of events ending in his death.”
Wright was an undergraduate from Alaska. He was 20 years old and was studying as an Associate of Science, according the the MSU directory.