Editor's note: This updates with the identification of the hiker.
The dangers of snowfields, perhaps unexpected at mid-summer, played out in Glacier National Park when a hiker died from injuries sustained in a slide down a snow-covered slope off the Grinnell Glacier Trail.
Nicholas Ryan, 30, from Omaha, Nebraska, was hiking with two friends Monday morning when he slid 50-100 feet down a snowfield along the trail, park officials said Tuesday.
An interpretive ranger was leading a hike elsewhere on the trail Monday morning when a report was received just before noon that a male hiker had slid down a snowfield.
Park rangers and personnel from the Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s ALERT helicopter and Minuteman Aviation responded to the incident in the Many Glacier Valley.
Medical personnel pronounced Mr. Ryan dead at approximately 1:53 p.m. The Glacier County Coroner’s Office is establishing the cause of death.