Skier rescued after ducking rope at Heavenly
February 28, 2013
Search and rescue volunteers were able to locate a skier who apparently ducked a rope at Heavenly Mountain Resort Wednesday and became stuck in the Cold Creek drainage.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel began the search after receiving a report from Glendale, Calif. resident Vahe Saradjian, 62. Saradjian said he went under the resort’s boundary near the Powderbowl Express chairlift and became disoriented, according to Thursday statement from the Sheriff’s Office.
A lack of snow led to Saradjian being unable to navigate the terrain, according to the statement. He was not prepared for an overnight stay in the wilderness.
Saradjian’s location was confirmed when he called 911 and his coordinates were provided by his cell phone provider, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter was dispatched and located Saradjian about 6:20 p.m. next to a lit campfire. Search and rescue volunteers made contact with him about 7:15 p.m. and assisted him to safety.
Ski resort management will revoke Saradjian’s skiing privileges at Heavenly because he went under a marked boundary, according to the statement.