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Alleged powder poacher arrested at Aspen Highlands

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” A California resident was arrested last week for skiing in a closed area of Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands, Colorado.

William Grover, 27, was issued a summons on Dec. 30 after he was caught snowboarding in the bowl’s B-3 section, Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputy Joe Bauer said.

Sheriff’s deputy Ann Stephenson was called to the Highlands ticket office at 3:30 p.m., after ski patroller Steve Williams escorted Grover off the mountain.

According to the police report, Williams witnessed Grover enter the closed area and called for him to stop. Grover allegedly kept going, which prompted Williams to give chase, according to the report.

At the bottom of the run, Williams took Grover’s ski pass and called authorities. Williams said Grover told him he didn’t think the area was closed because there were “at least 50 tracks” on the run, according to the report.

Grover is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. He is charged with violating the Colorado Skier Safety Act.

Last Tuesday’s incident was the fourth summons issued for skiing in closed areas of Highland Bowl in a three-day span.

Charles Kashiwa, 23, of Denver, and Russell Francis, 51, and Adam Francis, 21, both of Beaconsfield, England, were fined $250 each in Pitkin County Court on the same day Grover was arrested. They were issued summons after they were caught skiing in the G-9 portion of the bowl on Dec. 28.

The powder poachers, facing a maximum fine of $1,000 each for violating the ski safety act, pleaded guilty to avoid having to return to court.


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