Museum series to host Vail Mountain Rescue Group
VAIL, Colorado – The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame will host Ann Marie Boness, the group leader from The Vail Mountain Rescue Team, Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.The Vail Mountain Rescue is a nonprofit group of approximately 50 men and women volunteers who devote their time and expertise to respond to any type of backcountry emergency. All types and levels of outdoor enthusiast can make mistakes, can run into weather, become injured and get lost – The Vail Mountain Rescue group trains hard to help those individuals. The group participates in twice a month meetings and weekly training to learn all aspects of rescue missions. Their training includes but not limited to, search management, how not to get lost, the understanding of cell phone pings and how to prepare to volunteer at any mission. The members are also experienced in a wide variety of back-country specialties, including vertical rock rescue, ice and snow evacuation, whitewater rescue, cave rescue and avalanche search and rescue. The Vail Mountain Rescue group gets about one to three calls a week throughout the year and has a team of dedicated volunteers throughout Eagle County. The nonprofit rescue group’s main focus area is primarily Eagle County, but because of their devotion and expertise they will respond anywhere in Colorado where their services may be helpful. The Vail Mountain Rescue Group operates under the authority of the Eagle County Sheriff, maintains national certification through the mountain rescue association, and is an active member of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board. Boness has been a volunteer in the Vail Mountain Rescue group for 20 years. Her talk will focus on avalanche safety, search and rescue dogs, mountain safety, Vail Mountain Rescue missions and more. The presentation will be at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum located on the third level of the Vail Parking Structure. Admission price is $5.