Rescuers aid ill skiers
December 19, 2011
PITKIN COUNTY – Authorities were summoned to the upper Fryingpan Valley Sunday to aid two ill skiers near the Betty Bear Hut.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the need for a possible rescue at about 3 p.m. after two members of a 16-member party of skiers who were staying at the hut skied down to seek help. They contacted personnel at the Thomasville Fire Station.
The hut is located about seven miles up Forest Road 505, in the upper Fryingpan drainage, east of Basalt. The ill skiers couldn’t make it down from the hut on their own, authorities were told.
Basalt Fire Department members Duane Vashon and Ryan Newberry made an unsuccessful attempt to reach the skiers by ATV. At about 6 p.m., they returned to Thomasville, retrieved snowmobiles and set out again. They reached the ill skiers at about 7:30 p.m. and gave the pair a ride down to their vehicles, according to the Sheriff’s Office.