Need to be rescued on the slopes? You can get a fine


Skiers at one Colorado ski area may be liable to a fine of up to $500 per person for rescues in the backcountry.

Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that the new policy is added to the small print on the road maps and signage at the Steamboat Ski Area in Steamboat Springs.

The ski area says he hopes to keep inexperienced skiers to go places where they don’t belong.


Colorado Ski Country USA trade group CEO Melanie Mills says that they do not know of a similar penalties on other Colorado ski areas, but says that she supports and says that some areas are considering similar policies.

Steamboat Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke said the popularity of backcountry skiing has increased, allowing more people to venture beyond the out-of-bounds access points required by the us Forest Service.

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