Lost, Lost, Lost …Ten More Out-Of-Bounds At Killington and Pico


Maybe we should just start requiring our over-enthusiastic skiiers and riders to participate in a new reality-TV show called “Survivor: Vermont” in which they learn NOLS-style to quickly take care of themselves in the winter conditions in the woods.

All cell phones will be checked at the lift-line. They will only be given the gear most skiers and riders take with them for in-bounds skiing and riding.

We also wonder whether perhaps Killington might consider marketing to a brainier demographic, but we know that the dollars are with the 18-25 year-old males who respond to appeals to “Ski the Beast.”

Seriously, we hope everyone is okay. We got the below Vermont State Police press release late Sunday night and have since placed a call to Killington officials to make sure that two “outstanding” lost souls have been successfully guided to safety. We will update if they are still “at large.” -WEB


INCIDENT: Out of Bounds Skiers
CASE #: 13C100103
TROOPER: Michael Tietz STATION: Rutland CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101
DATE/TIME: 01/06/2013, at approximately 15:15 hours
LOCATION (specific): Killington Ski Area, Pico Ski Area, Vermont
INCIDENT: Out of bounds skiers

MISSING PERSON: Sam Seeland, Ryan Fabricatare, Brian Massa, Mario Vehusic, Domo Vehusic, Anthony Kovacevic, Ben Dvoracek, Emily Wilson, Reed Bassette, James Grantham

AGES: 23,18,17,30,25,28,29,19,18,18

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Ontario, Canada, Beachwood, NJ, Toms River, NJ, West Hartford, CT,

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On January 6, 2013, at approximately 1515 hours, the Vermont State Police received several reports of lost skiers. The Vermont State Police received reports of a total of ten lost skiers in different groups. Three skied off of a trail at Pico Mountain Ski Area and were lost on the Catamount Cross Country Ski trail. These three individuals came out of the woods by the Appalachian/Long Trail on US RT 4. Seven skiers skied out of bounds of the Killington Ski Area. Two skiers are still in the woods and contact is on going to help guide them out. The other five skiers have come out of the woods on Wheelerville Road in Mendon, Vermont

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by A. E. Norton on January 7, 2013 at 09:35

    I worked at Killington Ski School for ten seasons (1993-2003) and you’re right — Killington has always appealed to — and still tries to attract — the young male set from Boston and CT and NJ and NY, many of whom see the yellow boundary marker tapes as invitations to hop over into the woods. And they then find those woods to be steep and gnarly and full of obstacles and stunted trees and sharp branches, and, predictably, they lose their way and call for help. Killington used to — and I assume still does — bill the lost souls (or their families) for the cost of the search-and-rescue effort. Maybe it’s time for “the K-Mart” of skiing to change their Beast of the East motto. They will do so when pigs fly.


  2. Posted by Richard Windish on January 7, 2013 at 11:03

    This winter I heard the phrase “cell phone skiing” for the first time. About sums it up perfectly. As a long distance hiker, skier, and hardcore backcountry adventurer, I am enraged by the mentality of people who go out into the woods, unprepared and without the proper knowledge, skills, or gear that it takes to survive winter conditions, and then expect to be rescued when things go wrong. I put in many long days in the woods in the wintertime, and I always carry the extra gear, clothing, food needed to survive…not to mention the fact that I have developed skills through many years of training and experience, to be able to (hopefully) survive the unexpected. I never venture out without enough gear to spend the night if I am forced to do so, and if alone I always leave a detailed itinerary with my family. Somehow these fools think that they can just head off into the abyss and then, when something goes awry, simply call 911 and get plucked off the mountain. What if there was no expectation that they would get rescued? Would they still do it?


  3. Posted by Sari on January 7, 2013 at 11:28

    I hope the State Police are following the example of the search & rescue group in the White Mountains, and charging these people for their rescue. How many have now skied out of bounds, just the winter?? 25?? more?? How stupid can these people be? Can’t they find enough skiing on K & pico to satisfy them? No, they have to go out of bounds and then tax the resources of our State police force and put rescue teams at risk.
    I think anyone who has skied out of bounds should lose their right to ski at these areas again – or be forced to pay a hefty fine.


  4. Posted by Joan on January 7, 2013 at 20:49

    Powder is King and it’s a great year in the northeast for the ski industry, but we don’t have experience with these “wannabe Shaun White” daredevils. It’s a new problem for all of us in Vermont.

    Sooner or later we’re going to have to do more than worry about who pays the rescue bill. It doesn’t do much to argue about the daredevil vs. stupidity level of a 22 year-old. I emphatically stand by my right to denial, because I survived.

    And that is something to think about.

    Any experienced winter enthusiast knows the dangers of tree wells and the survival rate is grim. It’s 10% if you’re alone & maybe 11% if you’re with someone & neither one of you know what to do.

    I agree with Richard Windish. This is a high risk situation & luck only lasts for so long.


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