Matt Davis, 19, won’t be skiing for the next year. He will be recovering from a fractured leg after slamming into a tree at Alyeska Ski Resort. But, even after he recovers, his skiing days at Alyeska are over. The Ski Patrol has banned him from the mountain.
Perhaps more hurtful, they billed him $845 for the Feb. 28 rescue, too. Davis was skiing in a clearly marked, roped-off stretch of 3,939-foot Mount Alyeska. Ben Habecker of the Alyeska Ski Patrol told reporters it took 13 highly trained ski patrollers to rescue Davis.
Tucked amid the Chugach Mountains on Alaska’s south central coast, Alyeska Ski Resort is located just 40 miles south of Anchorage, in the quaint town of Girdwood. Billing skiers and snowboarders for rescues is still rare, but it is an option being entertained more frequently across North America and in Europe, as more snow enthusiasts venture out of bounds,see Bad Judgment May Result in Big Bill.