Boarder must pay |

Boarder must pay

Aspen Times Staff Report

A snowboarder rescued off the Olympic side of Aspen Highlands in late February was recently ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines in Pitkin County Court.

Rhett Bain, 33, of the Denver area, pleaded guilty to the charge of “skier safety violations” on April 5, according to court officials. Bain must shell out $500 to Mountain Rescue-Aspen, $500 to the Aspen Skiing Co. and another $18 in court costs by June 1 for his out-of-bounds indiscretion.

Bain, reportedly an experienced snowboarder, got into trouble Feb. 24 when he cut through a closed ski area to access the backcountry. Unable to find his way down to the Maroon Creek Valley through unfamiliar chutes and cliffs, Bain dodged two separate avalanches before getting hung up about 2,000 feet beneath the ski area.

Three Highlands ski patrollers and three members of Mountain Rescue-Aspen escorted Bain safely off the mountain at 2 a.m. the following day. However, more than 30 people committed an estimated 300 man-hours to the rescue effort, Deputy Tom Grady said shortly after the rescue.

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