Summit County's abundance of public and private open lands provides a wide variety of winter recreation opportunities. Skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing are just a few of the activities for which Summit County provides the perfect winter playground. Unfortunately, the same terrain and conditions which create excellent winter recreating opportunities can be very unforgiving. Avalanches, missing skiers and snowmobilers, assisting local EMS as well as those stranded by the conditions are some of the more common calls that the Search & Rescue receives during the winter season. The Search & Rescue is very active in the winter months and a winter response presents challenges that don't exist during a summer search. The Search & Rescue is equipped with snowmobiles, rescue toboggans, a snowcat as well as ice rescue equipment. Our greatest asset is the skilled men and women who unselfishly volunteer their time, talents and equipment to respond to calls for service. The Search & Rescue is assisted during winter searches by other county sheriff search and rescue organizations as well as private organizations.
Please check current conditions use common sense and let someone know of your plans before starting your winter fun.
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