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January 18, 2011
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Search resumes for snowboarder missing on Berthoud Pass

GRAND COUNTY - The search for a missing snowboarder on Berthoud Pass continues in hazardous weather conditions this morning.

As many as 15 members of Grand County Search and Rescue responded to the emergency call, which came in at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10. Searchers are looking for a male "local" snowboarder who reportedly was last seen on the pass Monday afternoon, according to Search and Rescue Public Information Officer Greg Foley.

The search was called off at about 10 p.m. Monday night due to hazardous conditions of high winds, blowing snow and avalanche danger, he said.

Search and Rescue positioned a mobile incident command vehicle at the trailhead through the night, then continued its search early Tuesday morning, Foley said.

The search is concentrated in an area where an avalanche occurred on Monday afternoon. The area is above Seven Mile Run, near the second switchback from the top of Berthoud on the Grand County side, according to Foley. Backcountry skiers might refer to the area as "below the fingers."

The snowboarder had been riding with another individual, according to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson, who is withholding the missing snowboarder's name pending further information.

Search teams are utilizing a search and rescue dog team as well as a Recco device, which assists rescue teams in locating possible burials. Meanwhile, other team members continue a ground search, hoping the snowboarder built a snow cave to survive the night.

As of this morning, the pass is still closed to motor vehicles due to adverse conditions.

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The Sky-Hi News Updated Jan 19, 2011 01:14PM Published Jan 18, 2011 12:17PM Copyright 2011 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.