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Updated January 2, 2009 at 4:01 p.m.
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Ski Patrol has located a skier and snowboarder who were lost out-of-bounds at the Steamboat Ski Area since noon.
The two men apparently went out-of-bounds at about noon Friday, and one used his cell phone to call for help at about 2:30 p.m. The identities of the two men are unknown.
They are believed to have gotten lost in the Fish Creek Falls drainage area, Routt County Search and Rescue member Kristia Check-Hill said.
Charge 'em $$$$$ for the rescue.
A couple of brainiacs out looking for avalanches and Darwin awards in one of the best local places to find both, especially this year. The Pilot would be doing a community service in naming these two so that they may receive all of the "special recognition" that they are so deserving of. I also find myself in full agreement with edskis' comment.
Their wedge christie led them astray.
The reason not to charge or identify them is that would tend to discourage people asking for help. These people called when it was still light out with a working cellphone and so probably made it one of the easiest rescues of the year. That is far better than having people trying to continue on until it is dark when they are cold and tired and then call without being able to say where they are or even not call at all and instead family calls search and rescue whom then have a far harder search.
thanks and respect to the ski patrol. Scott, it seems your intelligence and reasoning are more appropriate than the self righteous and vindictive comments by Dave Fisher and edskis.
honestabe says: "thanks and respect to the ski patrol"
It seems that the two who couldn't resist the temptation of leaving the ski area for some fresh pow and subsequently got themselves lost in the Fish Creek canyon drainage displayed an utter lack of "respect" for the ski patrol as evidenced by their selfish behavior.
Of course, the lost powderhounds probably said "thanks" to those who risked their lives taking part in the rescue operation.
As "vindictive" and "self righteous" as honestabe claims the comments made by edskis and myself might seem, the point being made has been completely ignored or missed altogether.
Those who put the lives of others at risk through their own bad judgement should be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior, be it through financial dis-incentives or at least a bit of good ol' fashioned public shaming.
I would fully expect the same would apply to me as well if I made a poor decision and required a rescue operation that was totally avoidable in the first place. Otherwise, what (besides common sense and survival instinct) is to prevent skiers and boarders from going out of bounds and into the fresh stuff when they know that a conveniently timed call on the cell phone will get them out of a jam? It gives a whole new meaning to the concepts of "First Tracks" and "lift service", doesn't it?
You can say that I am vindictive and self righteous all you want, honestabe. But if a ski patroller had been injured, or even worse, had perished during that rescue operation, would you be making the same statements about everyone else in Ski Town USA who would have been far more outraged by such an avoidable tragedy?
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