Men spend night in SUV on Aspen Mtn.
Vail, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado ” The hall of shame just got bigger.
A local resident and two newcomers to Aspen, apparently on the hunt Monday for some late-night tomfoolery, found it when they drove a Nissan Pathfinder past a closed area on Aspen Mountain, only to get stuck on one of the few runs currently open on Aspen Mountain ” Pussyfoot.
The men had to spend the night in their SUV, and in the morning were towed with the Pathfinder back to the top of the mountain. The ski company charged the men $200 each.
They also must spend a day of shoveling snow and helping out on the mountain in order to pick up their ski passes.
“It was the unpardonable sin of messing up what little snow we have here,” said resort spokesman Jeff Hanle.
On Tuesday morning, snowcats towed the vehicle to safety, only after it ruined some large patches of snow, and the men spent the night in the vehicle on the mountain.
The men’s names were not released.
“I imagine the whole town might lynch them. There is not a lot of snow to be playing around with. It was a dumb move. They know it,” Hanle said.
The resort said the three men drove up Little Annie Road on the backside of Aspen Mountain and got lost on Richmond Ridge. Hanle said the men might have been partying before the mishap.
As the three got mired in confusion, they headed along Richmond Ridge and ended up at the top of Aspen Mountain. Hanle said an employee had left open a gate that was supposed to be locked .
No matter, the three continued down the mountain on Summer Road until they got stuck in some “soft snow that we were really trying to preserve,” said Hanle.
“As you can imagine, no one is too happy with them at this point,” he continued. “The groomers found them and said, ‘Hunker down, you have to wait until patrol gets here in the morning.'”
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