3 skiers rescued Wednesday from Fish Creek drainage near Steamboat Springs

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— Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were safely able to rescue three skiers who got stuck in the Fish Creek drainage Wednesday afternoon.

Incident Cmdr. Darrel Levingston said the skiers were with three snowmobilers recreating on Buffalo Pass when the skiers went too far left and into the drainage where the deep snow kept them from getting out on their own. Levingston said that similar incidents are common and that it is a popular area for rescues.

One of the skiers called 911 on a cellphone, which allowed rescuers to determine the group's location by pinpointing from where the cellphone signal was coming.

A four-person crew of volunteers assembled at about 2 p.m. and used snowmobiles to traverse the Uranium Trail. The crew then used snowshoes to reach the skiers. The rescuers brought snowshoes to give to the skiers, and everyone was able to walk out by about 4 p.m., Levingston said.

Levingston said the avalanche danger was noted during the rescue, and he advised people to be aware of conditions when going into the backcountry.

“The avalanche danger is out here, and it’s probably not going to get better,” Levingston said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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