Reality star rides to the rescue near Vail |

Reality star rides to the rescue near Vail

Cheryl Preheim and Jeffrey Wolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Jesse Csincsak

VAIL, Colorado – A snowboarder was lost and trudging through chest-deep snow. He was far from the nearest ski lift and was out of cell phone range. Then he heard the sound of a motor: a snowmobile.

Its driver, Jesse Csincsak, had a familiar face. He was a contestant on the reality show “The Bachelorette” and was the man who got the proposal at the end, but that relationship did not end up working out.

Csincsak, of Breckenridge, was in a remote part of Vail Pass, a place he usually doesn’t go.

If Csincsak hadn’t been there in that moment – at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday – Thomas Pazerunas is sure he’d still be out in that snow.

“I had no idea where I was,” Pazerunas said. “I was very lucky. I would have no way of contacting anybody. No way of knowing where I was. The nearest help would have been miles and miles away.”

Twenty-four-year-old Pazerunas is from Chicago. He and some friends are on vacation in Colorado. He’d been snowboarding in Vail Mountain’s Blue Sky Basin and says he didn’t mean to go out of bounds. He accidently headed down the back side of the mountain.

“I thought if I just kept going to the right where I last saw my friends, I thought I would eventually run into a chairlift and some friendly faces,” Pazerunas said.

Pazerunas said it was far more likely that he would not have been found.

“With no cell service, it would have been an act of God,” he said.

He says he’ll snowboard in Colorado again, but he’ll stay out of the backcountry.

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