Snow biker rescued near Church’s Park

Lance Maggart

Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) was out in the field Saturday night, braving freezing temperatures as they searched for a missing snow biker in the area of Church’s Park.

The individual who prompted Saturday’s GCSAR call was snow biking in the area of Ptarmigan Creek near Church’s Park as part of a party of seven individuals when the individual became separated from the larger group. Snow biking is a recreational activity wherein individuals ride motorcycles outfitted with a ski and track rather than wheels.

GCSAR was notified about the missing biker at 6:20 p.m. Saturday evening. A team of 13 GCSAR members responded to the area including eight field ready members, three command staff and two members in reserve. The field team was actively searching the area by 8:30 p.m. The group of snow bikers were in communication with GCSAR and informed first responders the missing individual was believed to be approximately two miles from the parking lot and approximately 1,000 feet off the trail.

The Search and Rescue field team located the missing snow biker at around 9:45 p.m. The missing party was uninjured and cold but in good spirits, according to a statement issued by GCSAR.

“The team did great tonight,” said Chris Ziegler, GCSAR Incident Commander. “We had a great response despite the exceptionally cold weather.”

The group was out of the field and back in warm vehicles by 10:45 p.m.

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