Press Release: December 30th, 2013, 10:10 AM
On December 29th, shortly after 5pm, Red Mountain Resort reported ten overdue skiers that had not reported in. They had set off in the morning and had spoken of exploring the new area of Grey Mountain. The ten skiers varied in ages and all are from the state of Washington, USA. Although from out of town the lead male knows the area, has a residence at the resort on Red Mountain and is believed to be an advanced skier.
Rossland Search and Rescue were activated and subsequently located the group of skiers on the back side of Grey Mountain near Esling Creek. No one was injured and all were accounted for, they had been able to start a fire and await assistance. Given the terrain and other variables it was determined that they would set in for the night and be brought out at day break.
At first light on December 30, 2013 a helicopter was deployed to shuttle out the overdue skiers and the Search and Rescue team that located them. This process of shuttling out the group is currently in progress and is expected to be completed today.
The facts of this case should serve as a lesson to all of us in what to do:
- If you’re going out into the backwoods or wilderness let someone know where and when – the fact that this group did that meant that their absence was noted and acted upon in a prompt and timely manner.
- Think ahead and be prepared. The fact that they had started a fire and were prepared, and able, to spend the night out there, even in winter conditions, speaks to their level of preparedness.
Thanks to the people who know and do their jobs at Red Mountain Resort, and the Rossland Search and Rescue, for making this a positive story with a happy result.
May you all have a restful Happy New Year.