Lost skiers rescued near Aspen
Ryan Summerlin January 4, 2013
ASPEN – Two teenage skiers were rescued by members of Mountain Rescue Aspen on Thursday afternoon when they became lost after crossing out of bounds below Walsh’s ski run on Aspen Mountain.
Authorities were notified at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday about two teen boys missing on Aspen Mountain, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Ski patrollers located ski tracks leaving the ski area boundary below Walsh’s ski run. A parent of one of the missing teenagers was able to make contact with the boys by cell phone and it was determined that the duo had skied out of the ski area below Walsh’s.
A county deputy was dispatched and notified Mountain Rescue of the situation; Aspen Ambulance was placed on standby due to the possibility of cold-related injuries. A rescue “hasty team” on snowmobile entered the area from below, near the Northstar Nature Preserve east of town, at about 3:45 p.m. to begin searching for the teens.
Shortly after 4 p.m., the team was able to make voice contact with the missing skiers; they were about 1,000 feet up the mountain above Northstar. The team reached the youths at about 5:10 p.m. and transported them out by snowmobile to a waiting ambulance for a medical evaluation. Aside from being slightly dehydrated, the two were otherwise uninjured, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The rescuers and emergency personnel were out of the field by 5:45 p.m.