Steamboat Ski Patrol rescues man who snowboarded out of bounds
December 28, 2018
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the man’s age.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — On Thursday night, Steamboat Ski Patrol rescued an 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man who snowboarded out of bounds in the Priest Creek area of Steamboat Resort.
The man called patrollers at about 4 p.m., and officials were able to ping the man's cellphone to find his location before his phone died, according to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Senior Communications Manager Loryn Kasten.
It was determined the man exited the ski area boundary near the Broadway benches.
“Shortly thereafter, we went out of bounds with our patrollers to locate him,” Kasten said.
Patrollers found the man’s tracks at about 6 p.m. and reached him about an hour later.
The man was very cold, so patrollers requested Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue bring an ambulance to meet them at the top of Meadow Creek Drive, the closest street to the area where the man went out of bounds — about a mile away as the crow flies.
It took about two more hours for patrollers and the man to walk out to the road, where an ambulance was waiting to treat him for a low body temperature.
“This was a very lucky situation,” Kasten said. “Everyone knows it was a cold night last night, and this was a dangerous situation for all parties involved.”
The overnight low temperature dipped to minus 3, according to the National Weather Service.
“Going out of bounds has implications not only for the parties involved but also for our Ski Patrol, who had a late-night, cold search,” Kasten said. “Whether you're a local or a visitor, be safe and be aware of your surroundings, and if you don't know out of bounds, don't go.”