Mountain Rescue Aspen deploys via helicopter to Capitol Peak, deems rescue unnecessary |

Mountain Rescue Aspen deploys via helicopter to Capitol Peak, deems rescue unnecessary

A backcountry skier reported Thursday that other skiers could be in trouble on the east side of Capitol Peak.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office sent out a statement Thursday just after 7 p.m. stating that Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers deployed to assess the situation. A helicopter from Saint Mary’s Careflight out of Grand Junction carried the rescue volunteers over the site, where they spotted the skiers and determined just before 6 p.m. that they were not in need of assistance, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The volunteers returned to Aspen and the helicopter went back to Grand Junction.

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