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Four Skiers Cited For Violating Boundaries Near Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park - Credit: Diogeninja [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
According to a news release from Grand Teton National Park, four skiers have been cited for violating a closure in the park along the boundary with Jackson Hole Mountian Resort.

Andrew Richards, 24, Ruth Schwietert, 28, both of Jackson WY, Natalie Burns, 32, of Breckenridge, CO, and Joseph Higgins, 25, of Portsmouth, NH received two citations that require them to appear in court.

Each of the four skier's citations is for violation of an emergency boundary closure and disorderly conduct with the creation of a hazardous condition. Each of those violations carries a maximum penalty of up to $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

The citations stem from an incident this past February in which the four skiers in question crossed into the closed area. Two of the skiers in question were able to ski back to the resort boundary. The other two members of the group became lost. This ended with an overnight rescue being performed by Teton County Search and Rescue to bring two of the skiers out of the wilderness. None of the group were seriously injured during the incident.

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