Injured skier near Aspen makes way to hut, rescuers
Vail, CO Colorado
ASPEN – An injured skier who was the focus of a search-and-rescue effort Sunday evening made it to a backcountry hut outside of Aspen Monday under his own power, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The skier arrived at the Lindley Hut, south of Aspen, at about 6:25 a.m. He had previously been reported injured at the base of Star Peak, also south of Aspen.
Authorities did not release information about the skier’s identity, but according to Mountain Rescue Aspen, he arrived at the hut dehydrated and suffering some pain. Mountain Rescue members spent Sunday night at the hut, intending to try again to rescue the skier on Monday morning.
The skier was out of the backcountry by 6:45 a.m. and intended to seek a medical evaluation on his own, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities were notified of the injured man at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. It was determined he was at the base of Star Peak, south of Ashcroft in the Castle Creek Valley.
Mountain Rescue was summoned and two unsuccessful attempts to rescue the skier with a helicopter were made Sunday evening. High winds thwarted the helicopter operations, so rescuers spent the night in the hut, intending to launch a rescue early Monday, just as the injured skier arrived on his own, according to the sheriff’s office.