Snowboarder found out of bounds at Mary Jane
February 16, 2012
Adam E. Larochelle, 21, of Tabernash was issued a summons by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office for skiing out of bounds under The Ski Safety Act, according to authorities.
Larochelle was found out of bounds by Winter Park Ski Patrol at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.
His snowboarding partner, Andrew L. Cornell, 26, of Granby, has not been cited due to a pending investigation by the Sheriff’s Office according to officials.
Grand County Search and Rescue was called to the Zero Creek area near Berthoud Pass to begin the search for a man who called dispatch around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to say he was lost near the Winter Park Ski Resort.
Larochelle and Cornell ducked the rope on the cat track near the Panoramic Express lift on Mary Jane, according to the Sheriff’s Office report about the incident. Larochelle was stuck in a location he didn’t know and called dispatch for help.
The Sheriff’s radio system was able to “ping” the lost man’s cell phone using GPS technology to find his exact location, said Batura.
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“Winter Park Ski Patrol got to him first, then the GCSAR team arrived,” said Dave Batura, incident commander for Grand County Search and Rescue .
The lost boarder was cold but was able to ride out with rescuers.
Winter Park Ski Patrol acted under the authority and direction of the Grand County Search and Rescue, which is under the Grand County Sheriff’s Department according to Winter Park spokesperson, Mistalynn Lee Meyeraan.
Grand County Search and Rescue never charges for a rescue, Batura said.
The Ski Safety Act
– No skier shall ski on a ski slope or trail that has been posted as “Closed” pursuant to section 33-44-107 (2) (e) and (4).
– No person shall knowingly enter upon public or private lands from an adjoining ski area when such land has been closed by its owner and so posted by the owner or by the ski area operator pursuant to section 33-44-107 (6).
– Any person who violates any of the provisions of subsection (3), (9), (10), or (11) of this section is guilty of a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.