September 22, 2014
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Operators of Vermont's Killington ski resort hope a new natural area within the boundaries of the resort will keep skiers and snowboarders from skiing out of bounds in hopes of finding wooded areas of untracked powder.
Last year there were 15 rescue operations to save 49 people who got lost after they skied out of bounds at Killington.
The 745-acre Natural Area on Killington peak allows the skiers and riders to get the back-country experience in the ungroomed areas between the trails, but when skiers and riders head downhill they will end up back at the base lodges.
So far this season there haven't been any rescues at Killington, but officials say they're holding their collective breath because recent snowfalls have filled the woods with snow.
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