Search teams rescue skier missing near Mt. Ashland

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol worked for hours to find a cross-country reported missing on the mountain.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 2:26 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Search and rescue teams successfully tracked down a cross-country skier who became lost in the Mt. Ashland area on Saturday evening, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office received a report of the missing skier just before 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. The cross-country skier was reportedly dressed for the weather, and was last seen on the Pacific Crest Trail near Grouse Shelter about two hours prior.

JCSO Search & Rescue teamed up with Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol on the search, which included two Sno-Cat teams and two snowmobile teams.

Rescuers found the skier, a 21-year-old woman from the Eugene area, just before 10:45 p.m. She said that she had lost the trail amid blizzard conditions, and her phone died in the process. She took shelter at the base of a tree while waiting for help to arrive.

"JCSO reminds you that if you do get lost, and your phone works, call or text 911," the agency said. "This will enable dispatch to get your coordinates from your phone."

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