Skier rescued on Berthoud Pass Monday |

Skier rescued on Berthoud Pass Monday

Grand County Search and Rescue on Berthoud Pass near Mile Marker 241 on US Highwy 40. It is reported that the skier has a broken leg.
Rob McClure / Special to the Sky-Hi News |

Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) and EMS were on Berthoud Pass near Mile Marker 241 Monday, Feb. 29.

According to GCSAR, the rescue was on the 90s above Current Creek. Ross Richards, 37 of Winter Park was ejected from his skis and collided with a tree below the Berthoud Pass Ditch. His companions were able to call 9-1-1 from the site.

GCSAR responded with a total of 14 members to the Current Creek trailhead where Incident Command was established. The accident site was visible 800 feet uphill from the trailhead. Three teams totaling eight team members were inserted from near the top of the Pass with medical and rescue gear and were able to reach the subject after a 15 minute trek.

Richards, who was in extreme pain, was packaged in a litter and lowered by rope down the hill where he was transferred to an EMS ambulance, according to reports. The operation was completed within three hours of the time of page.

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