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In the morning they shelled out more than $2,000 for a helicopter ride back to safety.
Whistler Blackcomb is also urging skiers to return from the backcountry outside of the ski area boundary because of the hazards of winch cats. If you see a groomer, it's important to make yourself as visible as possible. Runs being winched are marked by strobe lights and stop signs. Stop and wait for a groomer to give you clearance.