A rescue team in Summit County saved three people – one of them from out of state – during two different missions after they were stranded on Quandary Peak and Mt. Royal over the weekend, according to officials.
The Summit County Rescue Group said volunteers first responded to a rescue call in a chute on Mount Royal on Sunday at around 2:30 p.m. The chute is known as the Coin Slot.
Officials said two stranded skiers were at the top of the skiable terrain in the chute when they noticed a sudden collapse of snow, and added both skiers “wisely decided” they could not safely exit further down the chute, but also found they were unable to climb back up to the top.
A total of nine people, including a technical team, responded to the call and gave skiers a quick on-the-spot class on ascending using jumar devices, officials said.
Neither skier from Summit County was injured, officials said, adding the first mission ended about five hours later, at around 7:30 p.m.
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