VT State Police (VSP) Search and Rescue (SAR) was informed of the overdue skier (no additional information was available) and Stowe Mountain Rescue (SMR) was requested to sweep the Catamount trail from Nebraska Valley Road to BVR.
SMR deployed a 5-person search team. Snowmobiles & a tracked ATV were used to move the search team up the Catamount trail to an elevation of ~1700', the search team proceeded on snowshoes above this point. The search team stopped frequently, using whistle blows and voice calling for the subject.
At an elevation of ~1900', the search team made voice contact w/the subject. He was located ~100M skier's left of the Catamount Trail. The subject had experienced difficulties breaking trail in deep snow along his journey (slowing his progress), and then lost the trail high on the ridge that separates Bolton Valley & Michigan Valley. The subject continued down hill, off trail until it became dark, at which point he made camp for the night.
The subject was in good spirits (although fatigued), had minimal emergency gear (no overnight gear) and was prepared to spend an uncomfortable night out in the elements.
The subject was provided snowshoes and walked out to the snowmobiles & ATV for a ride back to the trail head. His son met him at the trail head to drive him home so he would not drive in his fatigued condition.
|Team Members Responding||Other Agencies Responding||Time of Call||Weather Conditions|
|Veliko, VanDyke, Westervelt, Wehse, Raybold||
|21:45 - 02:00||Overcast, Calm, Scattered Snow showers, 5 deg F|