Snowboarder stranded for three days, found alive

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 25, 2010 4:57 pm

CREEDE, Colo.—A snowboarder has been found alive and well after surviving a three-day storm in the southern Colorado backcountry with only a single energy bar to eat.

A helicopter search team found 42-year-old Wayne Alexander Brown on Tuesday near a U.S. Forest Service cabin where he spent the last two nights, Mineral County spokesman Charles Downing said.

Brown spent the first night in a snow cave he carved out under a tree, Downing said.

The helicopter took Brown to the base of the Wolf Creek Ski Area, where emergency medical technicians on the ski patrol determined he was in good shape.

“He wasn’t hospitalized or taken by ambulance or anything like that,” Downing said.

Brown, of Alamosa, lost his way Saturday at Wolf Creek when a heavy storm closed in. Downing said Brown was at the top of the ski area and took a wrong turn that led him in away from a lodge at the base of the mountain.

The storm eventually dropped 41 inches of snow and kept the search helicopter grounded until Tuesday, although up to 20 people searched on the ground Sunday and Monday.

Brown is an information technology specialist and educator at Trinidad State Junior College.