All four Denver skiers who went missing during a backcountry ski trip near Aspen were found by rescue crews last Wednesday morning. The men were found in the Dorchester Guard Station, located just outside of the Pitkin County in Gunnison County. The station is located about 8 miles south of the Goodwin-Greene Hut where the four friends were supposed to stay during a three night trip.
The men, all in their thirties, likely took shelter at the station after they got lost during a storm that brought 30 to 40 inches of snow and high avalanche danger to the area. Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff Department launched a search for the men Tuesday afternoon after they did not return from their trip. Police were notified by a concerned family member on Monday that the men may be overdue from their trip, but there was confusion over the exact plans made by the group.
This incident demonstrates the need tell someone your final plans. The National Forest Service also advises the cross country skiers use caution skiing on frozen surfaces, and to carry the following items:
• Water and high energy snack food
• First aid kit including space blanket
• Extra clothing, hat, mittens or gloves
• Sunscreen and sunglasses
• Map, compass, watch or other navigational aids
• Headlamp and repair kit