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December 11, 2013
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Vail Daily letter: Trees are boundary markers

I learned something about Vail’s boundary rules today, and it’s worth knowing if you enjoy tree riding, if you want to keep you pass.

Tree lines surrounding closed terrain serve as boundary markers.

After coming out of the trees on Riva, I reached the catwalk separating it from Tourist Trap. I then continued down through the trees. Just because I didn’t physically duck a rope here does not mean I wasn’t breaking any rules. Oh. Ultimately, its the rider’s responsibility to know what terrain is closed. So, after cutting out of the trees onto what ended up being closed (aptly named?) Tourist Trap (I’m a local, not a tourist), I was met by a ski patroller who asked for my pass. I won’t be riding for one month, which I think is extreme having never received a warning in 23 years.

Given the current climate surrounding the death of a young man last year, I understand Vail Resorts feeling the need to make examples of those who break the rules, willingly or otherwise. My goal here is to further raise awareness of this mountain safety issue and hopefully help you keep your pass while staying safe out there.


Mark Levy


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