Snowmobilers rescued from Lambert Meadows
Two men were found late Wednesday after their wives reported them missing during a snowmobile trip on Wednesday.
The snowmobilers dropped their wives off at a truck at 2:30 p.m. where friends waited.
They then headed out to snowmobile in the Lambert Meadows area along Mirror Lake Highway for what they said would be another hour, according to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds.
"But they got stuck and had to be rescued by Search and Rescue," Edmunds said.
The U.S. Forest Service does not groom the area, according to Forest Service Spokeswoman Loyal Clark.
"The Lambert Meadows area is very popular for snowmobiling, so we do get a lot of use in that area," Clark said. "There is an area where a lot of snowmobilers like to go in and do ‘high marking,’ where they try to get up on the side slopes with their snowmobiles, which can trigger avalanches."
Clark said they have had some avalanche problems in the area.
"It’s also fairly remote," Clark said. "So it’s easy to get up there and lose track of time or not be conscious of weather changes. It takes a while to get in and a while to get out. So if the weather changes and it starts to get dark, it can take a long and sometimes difficult time to get out."
At about 7 p.m., when the snowmobilers didn’t return, their wives traveled to the Summit County Search and Rescue office in Kamas and reported the men missing.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the men were seasoned snowmobilers and were dressed for the harsh conditions.
Adverse weather prevented an air search, so search crews looked for the missing men on the ground.
The search crews planned to search for the snowmobilers through the night, but were able to locate them around 10 p.m. attempting to walk out of the Lambert Meadows area on foot after their snowmobiles became stuck in deep snow, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The men were uninjured and were released to their wives at the Soapstone trailhead.
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