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Missing skiers found

Steve LynnVail CO, Colorado

BEAVER CREEK – Byron Chafin has skied the Beaver Creek backcountry several times, but never the route on which he and his friend made a wrong turn Saturday afternoon. The Beaver Creek Ski Patrol found Byron, a former resident of Avon, and Alec Davis on Saturday night after the two Virginia men hiked several hours in the backcountry.”Instead of making the wise decision and turning around, … we decided to go for it,” said Chafin, who entered the backcountry from the Bald Spot near Chair 8 with Davis. Ski Patrol found Davis, 38, and Chafin, 39, near Beaver Lake and brought the men down in a snowcat, Chafin said. Chafin, of Richmond, Va., said the men told Alec’s wife at lunch that they would ski the backcountry. Chafin’s wife called Ski Patrol around 7:30 p.m. when she did not hear from the men, he said. “Ski Patrol did a great job,” Chafin said. Addy McCord, director for Beaver Creek Ski Patrol, said nine patrollers searched in three different directions for the men and found the men around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.Chafin fell through a frozen creek upon which the men were skiing, he said. The water rose to his knee and he lost a ski, he said. He got frostbite on both feet, he said. The men’s cell phones did not get service along the creek, but Davis’ phone regained service near Beaver Lake and they called ski patrol, Chafin said. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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