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Snowboarders spent night in snow cave

Joel Stonington
Vail, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS ” Rescuers found two snowboarders Tuesday morning after they went out of bounds at Snowmass and spent the night in a snow cave with no food or water, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Alex Nimmo, 25, and Louise Guest, 24, both New Zealanders who live in Glenwood Springs, were cold but healthy, refusing medical treatment after the ordeal, said Tom Grady, director of operations for the Sheriff’s Office.

The search began when a supervisor at Colorado Mountain Express noticed one of the two employees was uncharacteristically late for work and notified Snowmass police. Authorities the two had started riding around noon and had not returned home Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, rescuers first found snowboard tracks leading out of Snowmass’ boundary. The weather was deteriorating and avalanche danger was moderate as the search was narrowed to the area around a waterfall.

Rescuers found the pair two miles from where they had abandoned their snowboards. The search teams gave Nimmo and Guest dry clothing, food, water and help for the hour-long hike out.

“It was a great ending to a very unfortunate set of circumstances,” said Tom Ball, executive director of Colorado Mountain Express. “Our employees made some poor decisions and bad mistakes, and we have a terrific emergency services group that should be focused on.”

A dozen members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, three airplanes, Snowmass Village police, Snowmass ski patrol, Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies and Glenwood Springs Police searched for the pair.

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