Missing Nampa skier sheltered in snow cave

VALLEY COUNTY -- A Nampa man who skied out of bounds and got lost at Tamarack Sunday was found safe Monday morning.

According to the Valley County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Sean E. Stevenson was reported missing just after 11:30 p.m. after he failed to return home from skiing. Stevenson's vehicle was still in the parking lot, and his lift ticket had last been scanned at 10:35 a.m., officials say.

The Tamarack Ski Patrol and Valley County Search and Rescue were called in to look for the missing man. Stevenson was found near the Lone Tree Trail off Forest Service Road 218 at 9:42 a.m. Monday.

The skier said he had become disoriented and had skied out of bounds on the back side of Tamarack. He said he dug a snow cave and spent the night sheltering in it.

Stevenson was treated for dehydration and minor exposure at a McCall hospital, and released.


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