Leonard Somers, 56, of Tabernash, apparently lost control while skiing alone and collided with a stump near Current Creek, near the top of Berthoud Pass on Saturday, Nov 2. He was incapacitated for more than an hour before his cries for help were heard by three locals who were ski touring along the Berthoud Ditch, according to Grand County Search and Rescue.
Grand County Search and Rescue, along with the Grand County EMS Mountain Medical Response Team and the Grand County Sheriff responded to the incident. Ten rescuers were sent into the field. It took four hours from time of notification to access, package and transport Somers about one mile by toboggan to the highway in difficult terrain with 3-foot snow drifts. Somers was airlifted from Berthoud Pass by Flight for Life.
GCSAR reminds skiers and riders to enjoy the backcountry with a companion and be prepared unexpected emergencies by carrying survival gear.