Emergency

A few facts regarding emergency procedures if you’re backcountry skiing the Marble area.

– There is NO cell phone service.
– Please carry an emergency beacon such as SPOT, or better, carry a 2-way communication device such as a satphone or Delorme Inreach.
– Marbleski.org recommended common FRS/GMRS frequency (talkabout 2-way radios) is channel 7 with quiet code 11. This frequency is very occasionally monitored by locals. We also suggest standardising emergency channel as 9 with quiet code 11. While 9-11 is not necessarily monitored, it may be monitored by locals and would be the “common” channel everyone would switch to if multiple groups are involved in a rescue. Once radio use evolves, it’s possible local skiers might monitor 9-11 from home full time, until cell phone service comes to the areas. But don’t depend on your radio to obtain outside emergency response.
– THERE ARE NO PAY PHONES IN MARBLE, AGAIN PLEASE CARRY A SPOT OR 2-WAY COMMUNICATION DEVICE.

– If someone in your party is injured, please do not hesitate to call for help. Self rescue can exacerbate injuries — even to the point of being life altering or fatal. Numerous individuals in this area are ready and willing to help mountain recreationists in need. Rescue costs NOTHING. But we do recommend all backcountry recreators in Colorado purchase and carry a CORSAR card (or have hunting or fishing license) that helps rescue groups receive state funds to reimburse for rescue costs.

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