SEARCH & RESCUE: Snow Cat Retrieves Very Cold Skier (UPDATE 3)


By Michael P. Neufeld

UPDATE 3: Sunday, January 22 – 7:22 p.m.

Barton Flats – The unidentified skier rescued in the Barton Flats area by Scow Cat6 98 has been transported to the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station. No additional information was available.

The Summit Incident Commend has now been terminated at all rescuers are safely off the mountain, according to


UPDATE 2: Sunday, January 22 – 5:23 p.m.

Barton Flats – Snow Cat 98 has retrieved an uninjured skier and return the unidentified male patient to the Summit Incident Command Center in Barton Flats.

Scanner information reports the man was “cold” and was being wrapped in warm blankets at the command center.

UPDATE: Sunday, January 22 – 2:37 p.m.

Barton Flats – Two snow cats  — which were dispatched earlier — are approaching the search area and will join efforts to locate one or more skiers lost in the area near Bradford Camp Road.

Scanner transmission is now indicating it is only one skier.


Barton Flats – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Search and Rescue team, Big Bear Fire and San Bernardino County Fire units are involved in a search and rescue effort near Barton Flats.

The incident began just before 1 p.m. when a report that one or more skiers had attempted to ski “down the backside” of Snow Summit and are lost. They were able to make cell phone calls for assistance and search teams have GPS information to assist them.

Snow cats from Big Bear and San Bernardino County Fire have been dispatched to the area off Bradford Camp Road.