STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Rescuers were called to Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs on Wednesday as a snow storm rolled in.
Routt County search and rescue volunteers used snowmobiles to find a 54-year-old cross country skier from Texas.READ MORE: When I See A 50% Chance Of Rain In The Forecast, What Does That Really Mean?
Steamboat Today reports the skier fell when his skis popped off.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Monsoon Storms Return Sunday, But Focus Shifts A Bit West
Officials say he wasn’t prepared – only wearing jeans and a cotton shirt.MORE NEWS: Boat Ramps Closed At Three Western Slope Reservoirs, Closures Expected At Blue Mesa As Water Level Drops
On their Facebook page Routt County SAR says, “There is a saying in the mountains that “cotton kills” because when it becomes wet it looses any insulating properties and can quickly lead to hypothermia. Wool or synthetics like polyester should be worn since they will keep you warm even when wet. This is true in both the winter and the summer. Stay safe and have fun out there!”