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Man suspected of ducking rope at Copper

Daily Staff Report

COPPER MOUNTAIN – A Denver man was ticketed for allegedly violating the Skier Safety Act last Friday after he admitted to ducking a rope at the base of Tucker Mountain’s Fremont 1 trail.Rafael Douglas Hernandez, 24, was given a citation for skiing out of bounds.According to a report from Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick Jungers, with Copper Mountain Ski Patrol, received a call of a lost skier while he was clearing the Fremont 1 Trail around 3 p.m. on Friday. Jungers was told two skiers had become separated at the bottom of the trail after one person crossed the ropes into a clump of trees.Jungers located Hernandez inside the tree line on the Climax Mine property. The report said Hernandez had dug a hole and appeared to be preparing to use the hole as shelter. In the report, Jungers said he would have had to call for a full-scale search and rescue operation if he had not found Hernandez so quickly.Jungers said Hernandez passed within five feet of a boundary marker on the left and within 15 feet of a boundary marker on the right. Hernandez told Sgt. Erik Bourgerie that he had skied into the trees and was sorry. – Summit Daily NewsVail, Colorado

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