Whistler-Blackcomb implements penalties for out-of-bounders
In the wake of the deaths of two skiers due to avalanches in out-of-bounds areas at world-renown Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia, the resort area is implementing penalities. In the future, those who venture outside designated safe areas may have their ski passes pulled for the duration of the season.
Whistler-Blackcomb will augment their posted warning notices by adding a hard barrier to the closed terrain, and has closed back country access to Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Due to heavy snowfalls and strong weather systems, ski areas throughout B.C. are experiencing extreme avalanche conditions. Eight back country snowmobilers were killed by avalanches near Fernie last week, and several others have been rescued off the Vancouver Lower Mainland's Grouse and Seymour Mountains in the past few days after ignoring warnings to avoid entering restricted areas.