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Stop or we’ll schuss: Wyoming uphill skier busted


JACKSON, Wyo.» A 78-year-old retired doctor was handcuffed and hauled away on a toboggan for skiing uphill in Wyoming, but he won’t face charges.

Roland Fleck of Jackson was arrested the morning of Feb. 5 after refusing ski patrollers’ orders to stop. Jackson Hole Resort officials say avalanche danger and the presence of grooming machines made it unsafe.

Skiers can get uphill with snow-gripping "skins" on their skis, among other methods.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide says Fleck was jailed on charges of trespass, interference, unsafe skiing and theft of services.

Resort officials say they won’t press charges because Fleck’s removal resolved their complaint. Sheriff Jim Whalen says he sees no need for prosecution.

Fleck’s son, attorney Dan Fleck, says his father did nothing wrong and the resort should change policies.


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