Lost snowshoers found on Rabbit Ears Pass
December 15, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Two lost snowshoers were found by Routt County Search and Rescue crews at 7 p.m. Wednesday, about six hours after the women started their outing in the woods.
The unidentified women — a 62-year-old mother and her 32-year-old daughter — parked in the main lot on the West Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass about midday Wednesday and began hiking on trail 1A. Search and Rescue incident commander Dawn Alperti said the women were following the reflective blue diamonds that serve as trail markers but after about four hours on the trail realized they were unsure of their location.
The women called 911 at about 5:15 p.m. They were put in touch with Search and Rescue volunteers and were told to remain where they were under a blue diamond trail marking.
Two search teams — one on snowmobiles, the other on skis — began searching trails 1A and 1B at about 6:30 p.m. The snowmobile team, which included help from Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, found the women on trail 1B at 7 p.m. Alperti said the women were in good condition.
The daughter is from Denver; the mother is visiting from Czech Republic. Their cocker spaniel named Buddy also was with them.