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Cypress Mountain to fine rescued snowboarder

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s believed to be a first for Cypress Mountain.  It’s planning to send a bill to the snowboarder who was rescued after two nights in the backcountry

The fine could be up to $10,000, according to Cypress Mountain’s Joffrey Koeman, who says they had 50 employees helping to find Sebastien Boucher and now they are looking to recoup their costs.

“It’s taking a harder line on people that are going out of bounds,” he says.  “The amount of effort that this has taken to get him back and he made several mistakes.”

Mistakes, he says, including ignoring warning signs, going into the backcountry by himself, not staying in one spot, and not calling for help in a timely manner.

If Cypress gets any money back, Koeman says it will be donated to North Shore Search and Rescue.

Boucher spent two nights in the wild before being found late Tuesday in a remote area 10 kilometers from where he went out of bounds.

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Where does Cypress get off trying to “fine” someone? And why the neat round number “$10,000″? Was this proposed by a news editor to drive the story forward? The reality is that it is an absurd position by a corporation hungry for some money and a bit of PR. Someone leaves their commercial, for-profit, ski area and enters the Provincial Park, as they are allowed, and of course they are going to scream! There is nothing in it for them, and they must hate that their land tenure agreement with the province requires them to let people ski outside their commercial area.

December 21, 2012 at 8:15 am

I nominate Sebastien Boucher for a Darwin award. I guess he’s lucky enough to be able tocollect it in person! Anyone feel like seconding?

December 20, 2012 at 9:54 am