Lost skiers rescued near Northstar Nature Preserve on Aspen Mountain

ASPEN, Colo. - Two teenage skiers were rescued on Thursday afternoon after they became lost while crossing out of bounds below Walsh's ski run on Aspen Mountain.

Pitkin County 911 received a call at about 2:30 p.m. regarding two teenage boys missing on Aspen Mountain. Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol located ski tracks leaving the ski area boundary below Walsh's ski run. A parent of one of the missing teenagers was able to make contact with the boys by cell phone and it was determined that the two boys had skied out of the ski area below Walsh's.

A Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched and notified members of Mountain Rescue Aspen of the situation. Additionally, Aspen Ambulance was placed on standby due to the possibility of cold related injuries. An MRA hasty team on snowmobile entered the field near the Northstar Nature Preserve at approximately 3:45 p.m. to begin searching for the two teenage boys.

Shortly after 4 p.m. the MRA hasty team was able to make voice contact with the missing skiers approximately 1000 feet up the mountain above the Northstar Nature Preserve. At about 5:10 p.m. the MRA hasty team made physical contact with the two teenage boys. The two boys were then transported out by snowmobile to a waiting ambulance for a medical evaluation. Aside from being slightly dehydrated, the two were otherwise uninjured.

All rescuers and emergency personnel were out of the field and clear of the incident by 5:45 p.m.

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