Snowboarders get stuck in Vail powder, face citations |

Snowboarders get stuck in Vail powder, face citations

Matt Zalaznick
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colo. – Three snowboarders who were stuck Thursday evening in deep snow above West Vail will get citations for violating the Skier Safety Act, an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy says.

The three snowboarders, whose names were not available but who were described as experts, called for help when they got stuck in deep powder after leaving Vail Mountain near the top of Chair 20, Deputy Gianni Robinson said.

The snowboarders called for help and authorities had prepared to rescue them but the trio rode out to safety later Thursday night.

They will get citations for riding in a closed area and may lose their ski passes, Robinson said.

Two of the snowboarders were familiar with the terrain, having ridden a similar route without any problems on Wednesday, Robinson said.

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