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Vt. police concerned about 'out-of-bounds' skiers

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KILLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont State Police say they've responded to an unacceptable number of calls from skiers who went out-of-bounds and got lost.

There have been 45 rescues in Vermont over the last two weeks. Now, police are hoping to team up with area ski resorts to make a plan to keep skiers out of the woods and on the trails. Police say most rescues take four or five hours -- which ties up dispatchers and takes police off their regular jobs. They also say out-of-bounds skiers, who get lost, put other people's safety at risk.

"It is very dangerous to go out of bounds, not just for them but for the people who come to get them. They're putting themselves at risk to come and get you for something you knowingly did," said Captain Donald Patch, Vermont State Police.

Police say the majority of the calls have been to the areas around Killington resort -- 19 skiers in the last 3 days alone.

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