Snowboarder rescued near Vail Mountain |

Snowboarder rescued near Vail Mountain

Ed Stoner
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” A 21-year-old snowboarder was rescued Tuesday after he got lost outside the boundaries of Vail Ski Area.

The snowboarder, who was from Georgia but whose name was not released, became separated from a friend while snowboarding near Blue Sky Basin, said Deputy Jacob Best of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The man snowboarded into the Lime Creek area, which is out of bounds but accessible from Vail Mountain’s Blue Sky Basin.

The friend notified Vail Ski Patrol, which followed the out-of-bounds tracks and found the lost man. He had started a fire with a lighter to keep warm, Best said.

The Ski Patrol and the snowboarder then met with Vail Mountain Rescue Group, which had been helping a hurt snowmobiler near Shrine Pass. The snowboarder was transported to Red Cliff via snowmobile, Best said.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified about the lost snowboarder at about 1:30 p.m., and he reached Red Cliff at about 6:30 p.m.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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