Two skiers have been rescued after being stranded for several hours in an out-of-bounds area off the east side of Aspen Mountain on Tuesday afternoon.
The two out-of-bounds skiers were unable to hike back up to the ski area boundary after ducking under a rope at the bottom of Walsh’s run to retrieve a lost ski, according to the Pitkin County Sheriffs Office.
Search and rescue got the call that the skiers were stuck deep on the mountain at about 2:41 p.m, with 13 members immediately deploying into the field to find them.
Although deputies were able to make contact with the two stranded skiers via cellphone, details of their location remained vague. Officials were first led to believe that the lost skiers were close to the valley floor, but later determined that the pair were much higher up on the mountain.
Crews helped navigate the skiers out of the difficult terrain and made it safely off the mountain. All search and rescue team members were out of the field by 7:00 p.m.
"Ski area boundaries are clearly marked for skier safety, and everyone should be prepared for the unexpected when traveling in the backcountry," the Sheriff’s Office warned.
Thanks goes out to the responding agencies including the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol, and Mountain Rescue Aspen.
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