Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responds to reports of lost Heavenly skiers
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a pair of reports of skiers lost from Heavenly Mountain Resort over the weekend. In both instances, the skiers ended up out of bounds but were located unharmed.
Around 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, the sheriff’s office responded to the resort’s Stagecoach Lodge after dispatchers received a report that three people had skied out of bounds and were missing, according to a deputy’s report. Two skiers told a deputy they were skiing in the area of Nevada Trail and Galaxy when they looked back and three of their friends were no longer there. The pair was able to get in touch with their friends via cell phone, and the lost trio said they were midway up the ridge from Mott Canyon, according to the report.
Because the trio was dressed appropriately for conditions and were still in contact via cell phone, deputies determined a search-and-rescue effort was unnecessary. Deputies advised the trio to walk down to State Route 207 while staying out of the creek bed and to advise the sheriff’s office of any problems.
About 2:50 p.m. the trio made it out to the highway, met with a deputy and declined medical attention before being picked up by their friends.
“All stated, they had no intentions of skiing out of bounds, had planned on skiing with their two friends all day, and felt bad they ruined their day of skiing,” according to the report. “Based on interviews with all five persons, it did not appear they intentionally skied out of bounds.”
Around 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, the sheriff’s office also responded to a report of an out-of-bounds skier.
While en route to Heavenly’s Boulder Lodge after receiving a report of the missing person, a deputy was informed that search-and-rescue personnel had located the missing skier using GPS tracking, according to a deputy’s report. After making it to the lodge, the man said he was using a GPS device and a trail map to guide him back to Killebrew Canyon and thought he knew where he was going. He ducked a rope, believing it would be a shortcut back to the trail, but soon found himself lost, according to the report.
He apologized to the deputy and said he never intended to ski out of bounds. The man was uninjured and took a shuttle bus back to the resort’s gondola, according to the report.
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