Steamboat Ski Area patrollers were called on searches on five days last week for skiers and riders who were stranded in the backcountry. What do you think the ski area should do to mitigate the problem?

Close backcountry access gates. 18 votes


Have a ski area staff member stationed at backcountry access gates. 23 votes


Charge people who need to be rescued in the backcountry. 247 votes


There’s nothing the ski area can do. If a sign with a skull and crossbones doesn’t work, nothing will. 55 votes


Other. (Share your idea in a comment.) 13 votes


356 total votes


Fred Duckels 4 years, 2 months ago

Charging and collecting are two different animals.


Rick Pighini 4 years, 2 months ago

I think all the positive press that backcountry skiing got in the paper increased skiers desire to go check it out. The articles could have mentioned more of the dangers such as the cliffs and avalanches. All we really need is a sign that states the proper gear needed to venture in the back country. A snow boarder needs a split board or snow shoes. All backcountry travelers need a probe, shovel, beacon, food, and just in case gear. If they need rescue they get charged if they didn't bring the proper gear. There are times the well prepared need help. Hopefully these folks have a hunting or fishing license. This license covers backcountry rescue.


steve gadbois 4 years, 2 months ago

I was one of the few people who voted for stationing a staff member (doesn't have to be Patrol Staff) at the various gates. Put them in a tent or some kind of shelter and give them some hot soup! It seems like the work that Doug Allen and his staff did to assure safety of those hiking or skinning up the hill on the moonlight ski nights was a pretty good idea and it worked and no one seemed too put out by that. Professor Perricone used to tell us all the time, it's more about education and less enforcing of "rules".


Rick Pighini 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi Steve, hope all is well. At whiteface, the backcountry I'm currently skiing, the area called the slides has a patrol that checks that you have the proper gear. If not you can't go. They had a avalanche that killed someone in 2011 and multiple rescue scenarios that led them to believe it is cheaper and easier to have some checking rather then have 10-20 searching.


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