Snowboarder rescued out of bounds in Steamboat
December 7, 2010
Steamboat Springs — A three-person Routt County Search and Rescue team assisted Steamboat Ski Patrol in carrying out an injured snowboarder from Fish Creek drainage on Monday afternoon.
Steamboat Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke said they received a report shortly before noon Monday of a snowboarder who had injured himself while riding with friends out of the boundaries of Steamboat Ski Area.
Kohnke said the snowboarder intentionally rode off a rock.
"When he landed, he lost his balance and hurt his leg and back," Kohnke said.
Ski Patrol sent a two-person team to locate the man. Once they found him, another two-person team arrived with a toboggan to transport the man.
A second two-person toboggan team had to be dispatched because patrollers broke the handlebars on the first toboggan while struggling to drag it through deep snow.
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Search and Rescue volunteers Kristia Check-Hill, Jason Weber and Kevin Kopischke snowshoed about two miles up Fish Creek to rendezvous with the injured snowboarder and ski patrollers near the second Fish Creek bridge.
Check-Hill said the 24-year-old man was alert and comfortable during the hike back down to the first bridge where he was then taken by snowmobile to an ambulance in the Fish Creek parking lot.
The Search and Rescue mission was complete at about 4:30 p.m.
Kohnke said this was the first rescue from the Fish Creek drainage area this season. He urged skiers and snowboarders to exercise caution when skiing out of bounds.
"If people are wandering out in the backcountry, know where you're going, have the right equipment, and tell someone when you'll be back," Kohnke said. "You're assuming a lot of personal responsibility."