A few facts regarding emergency procedures if you’re backcountry skiing the Marble area.
– There is NO cell phone service. Firehouse next to marble loadout, where you begin driving Quarry Road, HAS 911 CALL BOX, this contacts Pitkin County dispatch 24/7. The Quarry office next to the firehouse is also an option for emergency calls, though they’re only open during business hours.
– 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, only the 911 call box on firehouse, AGAIN, PLEASE CARRY AN INREACH OR OTHER 2-WAY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION DEVICE.
– If someone in your party is injured, please do not hesitate to request 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 will cost you NOTHING. But we do recommend all backcountry recreators in Colorado purchase and carry a CORSAR card (or possess hunting, fishing or ATV license) that helps rescue groups receive state funds to reimburse for rescue costs.