Cold, windy weather disrupts military training in Montezuma Bowl |

Cold, windy weather disrupts military training in Montezuma Bowl

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ARAPAHOE BASIN ” Friday morning’s frigid temperatures and high winds stymied a military backcountry training course in Montezuma Bowl behind Arapahoe Basin.

A group of seven U.S. Air Force members spent Thursday night in the bowl for cold weather and survival training, and woke up to 40 to 50 knot winds and a wind-chill of around 40 below, said Master Sgt. Dan Culbertson.

“Basically they made the decision that the conditions were entirely too harsh to continue training so they were going to come out; however, the cold did a number on some of the equipment and (climbing) skins,” Culbertson said.

So, a group of Arapahoe Basin ski patrollers, snowcat drivers and terrain park crew members drove out the group on snowcats, said A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth.

“The weather was just brutal up here this morning … it was a better thing to do to get a ride out,” Henceroth said.

A couple of the military members experienced some minor frostbite, Culbertson said.

The group was from Ft. Carson and Ft. Lewis, Wash.

” Nicole Formosa

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