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A busy day for Ajax ski patrol

Staff report

Aspen Mountain ski patrollers had their hands full Thursday rescuing people in need, a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy said.

The first and relatively minor incident occurred when a person on an Aspen Center for Environmental Studies snowshoe tour on Richmond Ridge began feeling ill, Deputy Grant Jahnke said. A ski patroller and a paramedic were able to reach the person by snowmobile and take the person to safety, he said.

Then at about 1:25 p.m., dispatchers received a call from a New York man who said he and two others were in deep snow below Walsh’s on the east side of Aspen Mountain and couldn’t go up or down, Jahnke said.

Four ski patrollers were able to reach them in the late afternoon and were in the process of escorting them through the forest to Ute Avenue near the Aspen Club on Thursday evening, he said.