If you’re going to be heading out on the slopes, make sure you tread with caution.
President of the Canada West Ski Areas Association, Christopher Nicolson says ski hill operators share the same frustrations and concerns of North Shore Rescue with people going out of bounds.
“If you are a ski area operator you have signage, you have all kinds of ropes and signs and boundaries. The boundary markers are very clear and yet we have people who will cross through those boundaries unprepared.”
Nicolson says when people cross boundaries and go into the backcountry unprepared it puts many people at risk.
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“Often cases, it’s ski area staff (personnel) that are asked to assist in. And that’s a complication, it’s a tax on the actual staff themselves that they’re asked to get engaged in a search,” he says.
If you are planning to go out of bounds ensure you have all the survival equipment necessary and know how to use it, says Nicolson.
In 2009, four skiers were banned from Grouse Mountain for life after ignoring direct instruction to leave a dangerous area.
North Shore Search and Rescue team leader Mike Danks says they think out of bounds snowboarders have at times confused and frustrated their search for two snowshoers missing since Monday.
Rescuers thought they heard the voices of 43-year-old Roy Tin Hou Lee or 64-year-old Chun Sek Lam yesterday but it was likely out of bounds boarders.