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Stranded skiers won’t face charges

Tribune News Service

Two vacationing Seattle skiers who found themselves at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade flagged down a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy for a lift back to Heavenly ski resort.

The pair avoided being charged under the county’s new law that forbids out-of-bounds skiing after a member of the resort’s ski patrol agreed the trail in Mott Canyon wasn’t marked as closed.

The skiers flagged down deputy Ken Schaller at 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 25 about half a mile west of the intersection of Highway 207 and Foothill Road, south of Genoa.



They told Schaller they had been skiing in Mott Canyon and followed a trail marked “to Killebrew Canyon.”

The skiers said the gate to the canyon was open and they didn’t see any signs indicating they were out of bounds.



The deputy took the skiers back to Heavenly where a representative of the ski patrol verified their story that the trail wasn’t clearly marked and the gate was open.

Approved in January, the new ordinance states that any person who skis or snowboards outside of a ski area boundary assumes the inherent risks of the activity and is responsible for all costs arising out of search and rescue efforts made on their behalf. In addition, those who intentionally go out of bounds could end up footing the bill of rescue efforts.

Heavenly Mountain Resort, which rests in both California and Nevada, is the only ski resort in Douglas County. It has 15 chairlifts and half of its terrain on the Nevada side of the mountain.


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