A snowboarder has been found alive and well after surviving a three-day storm in the southern Colorado backcountry with only a single energy bar to eat. A helicopter search team found 42-year-old Wayne Alexander Brown on Tuesday near a U.S. Forest Service cabin where he spent the last two nights, Mineral County spokesman Charles Downing said.
Search and rescue teams began looking for the snowboarder who was last seen Saturday at the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado on Sunday. Mineral County sheriff’s deputies say crews searched Sunday and Monday for Brown.
Workers at the ski area alerted sheriff’s deputies on Sunday when they noticed a car had been left in the parking lot overnight. Authorities believed Brown was snowboarding alone. Sheriff’s spokesman Charles Downing says the weather has been bad, with 41 inches of snow falling at the ski area since Saturday. Brown is an information technology specialist and educator at Trinidad State Junior College.
Brown spent the first night in a snow cave he carved out under a tree, Downing said.
The rescue helicopter took Brown to the base of the Wolf Creek Ski Area, where emergency medical technicians on the ski patrol determined he was in good shape. Surprisingly, he did not require any further medical care.