Backcountry skiers spend two days trapped in snow cave

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 30, 2010 1:27 pm

A couple from Carbondale, Colorado (North-West of Aspen) spent two nights huddled in a snow cave in Aspen, waiting out a blizzard that hit over the weekend.

The two are experienced backcountry skiers and were on their way to meet four of their friends at the Goodwin-Greene Hut, south of Aspen on Friday evening. That’s when the storm hit. One of the travelers was able to send a text message to his brother letting him know the skiers were lost. The next morning, the brother received one more text saying they were holding their position in a snow cave they had dug.

After that, communication stopped for a while. That’s when the brother called the authorities. A rescue team set out on two snowmobiles on Saturday. Winds were high and visibility was near-zero. By 7 a.m. Sunday morning, the skiers were found alive and well.

Always nice to have a happy ending to stories like these. Remember to have the right gear with you when traversing the backcountry—that may have saved these skiers lives!