Keystone rider lost 3 days ticketed
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has cited a snowboarder who said he was lost for three days in the woods near Keystone last month, ticketing him for violating the Colorado Skier Safety Act and carrying a concealed weapon.Searchers found John Ryan, of Erie, on Nov. 19 in Jones Gulch, an out-of-bounds area adjacent to Keystone Resort.The area was clearly marked closed.The 31-year-old was reported missing on Nov. 17 and had been the subject of a large-scale search and rescue operation.Rescuers found Ryan a few hundred yards from the Keystone boundary, near the Spring Dipper trail on the resort’s front mountain. He had built a shelter out of pine boughs to protect him from temperatures that dropped into the low teens while he was missing.In late November, Summit County Rescue Group public information officer Mike Schmitt said he had heard speculation “all across the board” questioning whether Ryan was actually outside for two nights, but that all the evidence indicated he was in fact lost for three days.”That’s a hell of a lot of work to do something other than what he was doing,” Schmitt said. “I don’t think it’s feasible.”Summit County Rescue Group, Keystone Ski Patrol and Western State Rescue Team all chipped in to try to find Ryan.Schmitt was not in the group that located Ryan, but was told he was in “halfway decent condition” when he was found and that he wolfed down the food rescuers gave him.A call to Ryan after his ordeal was not returned.The maximum penalty for violating the Skier Safety Act is a fine of $300. The charge of carrying a concealed weapon is a class two misdemeanor and carries a possible penalty of three to 12 months in jail and a fine of $250 to $1,000. Ryan is scheduled to appear in court on these charges at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2006.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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