Multiple skiers need help after going out of bounds at Steamboat Ski Area


— It is thought as many as 21 skiers needed help getting out of the backcountry after going out of bounds at Steamboat Ski Area late Wednesday afternoon.

Routt County Search and Rescue Incident Cmdr. Delbert Bostock said that by early evening, ski patrollers were able to reach most of the skiers and guide them out.

At about 8 p.m., one skier still needed help, and volunteers with Search and Rescue were preparing to go rescue the skier. Bostock said the skier went out of bounds at the ski area and was thought to be on the Fish Creek Falls Trail.

Bostock did not immediately know why so many skiers needed help after going out of bounds. The skiers were in several groups, he said. There were two groups of five skiers, one group of eight skiers and one group of three skiers.

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Rick Pighini 4 years, 3 months ago

Maybe all these people read the paper. I was currently skiing at whiteface mountain in the adirondack's and in order to go out of bounds you had to ski by a ski patrol that made sure you had a beacon on and all the other back country gear. This stopped a lot of people that had no business going in the backcountry. The patrol had a beacon on search and you needed to buzz before he let you through. He also made sure you had a shovel, probe, food, and a clue. The paper made it sound like this backcountry is a new and exciting thing, but a lot of us have been skiing back there since the late '80's. Back then you had to hike to the top of mt. Werner. This alone was enough to keep most quimbees out. Today anyone can take a lift to the top and go destroy our sweet backcountry. It's a shame. Loose lips sink ships.


brian ferguson 4 years, 3 months ago

The 80's!!!!!! Really? Quimbees? Who is that...everyone you dont know personally? Its time to move on...get some fat rocker skis and TRY to enjoy yourself. :)


cindy constantine 4 years, 3 months ago

These out-of-bound skiiers should be charged by Search and Rescue for the effort made to save their as$$$$$.


kyle pietras 4 years, 3 months ago

You need to watch you own butt in the back country or pay the price....that price is the kicker!


Rick Pighini 4 years, 3 months ago

Been enjoying myself in the backcountry for 25 years. The quimbees are the 20 + people going where they shouldn't. All it takes is one death back there and are whole mountain will change. All I'm saying is the paper writes about the new found backcountry and ski patrol stays up all night getting people out. Be prepared when you go hiking. That way we can all enjoy it for another twenty five. Good idea on the fat skis I guess I can get rid of my 210 evolutions now that you have enlighten me.


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