Archive for December 30th, 2012

Pico Skiers Take Off For Trees, Get Lost, Call 911 and Risk Lives

Woodstock Early Birds. Lest you be in doubt by the above headline, we are appalled at those from down-country (or nearer by) who think they can head for the trees out of bounds in a snowstorm and think if they run into trouble they’re gonna’ be rescued just fine.

In this case at Pico, they were. In the other two cases this weekend at Killington they also were. But these search and rescue operations put everyone at risk, including our local responders. While responding is what they are trained for, these operations cost money and take our local and state police and ski patrollers away from helping thousands of others who may need it for very real reasons.

If you need to be in the trees, Killington and other ski areas offer plenty of in-bounds fun. If you must be “off-piste”, prepare for it as if you might be cold in the woods for a few days WITHOUT RESCUE.  Maybe it’s time ski areas and law enforcement in the East started charging for the time spent on rescue operations.  -WEB

VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

CASE#:12C107144
TROOPERS: Trooper Daniel Hall and Trooper Aron McNeil
STATION: VSP Rutland
CONTACT#: 802-773-9101

DATE/TIME: 12/29/12 @ 1354
LOCATION: Pico Ski Resort, Killingotn , VT
VIOLATION: N/A, skier rescue

ACCUSED:
AGE:
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

SUBJECT: Scott Barbarossa
AGE: 50
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Norwich, CT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
At approximately 1354 hours, the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks received a report of a lost skier. Scott Barbarossa called 911 to report he and his 11 year old son skied into the woods off the Giant Killer ski trail at Pico Mountain and were lost. Scott maintained phone contact with the Rutland State Police until approximately 1514 hours when he advised he observed a sign for the Catamount Ski Trail. The VT State Police Search and Rescue Team, Fish and Wildlife Game Wardens, Killington Ski Patrol, and Killington Search and Rescue searched the area for Scott and his 11 year old son. At approximately 2217 hours, the lost skiers were located in a snow cave they created. Search and rescue personal walked them to Wheelerville Road in Mendon where they were evaluated by Rutland Regional Ambulance . Scott and his son did not have any injuries.

Vermont State Police highly urge skiers to abide by ski resort rules and stay on marked trails, avoiding out of bound areas while on the slopes.