Shortly after 12 PM on Tuesday, February 27, the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol received a report of an 18 year old male snowboarder that had made a navigation error and ended up stuck at the top of a cliff on the west side of Saddle Peak. Saddle Peak is outside of the Bridger Bowl Ski Area. The Burlington Vt. man’s friend went for help, and Sheriff’s Search and Rescuer skiers reached the site before 1 PM. They found him clinging to a tree at the top of an approximately 150 foot high cliff. The decision was made to set up a rope system and lower him to the bottom of the cliff. By 1:30 he had been lowered and was escorted back to the ski hill by Bridger Bowl Ski Patrollers. The man and was unfamiliar with the out-of-bounds route that he took. Fortunately, he was not injured.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind recreationists to familiarize themselves with the areas they intend to visit, and to bring appropriate equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable day.