by Mickey Smith
A cross-country skier, who did not return when expected, was found off Micklin Road (off Rt. 12, near Little Elmore) on January 1.
Arthur Treanor, 55, of Morristown, had planned to ski on the Catamount Trail from Elmore State Park to his home on Randolph Road in Morristown. He was expected to be gone about four hours and when he did not return, the authorities were alerted and the Elmore Fire Department, Vermont State Police and Game Wardens and Stowe Mountain Rescue were called in to search for him.
Elmore Assistant Fire Chief Andy Jones said the Stowe team began searching from the Morristown side, while the local fire department looked off the Catamount Cross Country Ski Trail around the State Park.
Jones said from their experiences with other lost skiers in that area, skiers are apt to get caught up in the natural “bowl” shaped terrain and wind up coming out on Route 12 towards Worcester. Because of this knowledge, that is the area where they concentrated their search. There had been fresh snow.
Jones said Treanor apparently broke through the ice crossing Little Elmore, not much more than ankle deep, so he chose not to continue that direction as it was getting dark. Instead he stopped and built a fire, and that was where he was found at about 11:30 p.m.
When found, Treanor was reported in good health and able to walk out on his own.