Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Don't duck... or you're in trouble

Colorado is raising the fine for ducking a boundary rope at a ski resort from $300 to $1,000, according to the A.P.
The new fine is not as big of a hike as it sounds.
It's the first time the fine has been raised in 25 years. Back in 1980, a ticket to Breck was less than $19. Now it's $75 -- quite a markup. A $300 fine in 1980 was really worth, according to the inflation calculator, about $761.90 in today's dollars.
Even so, this law was clearly passed to use as a deterrent, so hapless monkeys don't get lost in the woods just off the slope, like they have an number of times this year.
Almost all resorts have backcountry gates a skier can pass through to get to out-of-bounds areas legally. If you don't use the gates, you probably deserve any fine you get.


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