Keeping safe in the outdoors

WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - The Department of Public Safety is urging Vermonters to be careful when enjoying the outdoors this weekend.

Recent snowstorms have been a welcome sight for outdoor enthusiasts, but cold temperatures this weekend could cause problems for those who venture into the back country.

The warning comes after a skier near Jay Peak got lost Thursday night and spent several hours in cold and windy conditions until he was rescued. Skiers and riders are asked not to leave the ski area boundary.

If you do go into the back country, you're encouraged to bring a pack with extra clothes, food and water. Avoid going into unfamiliar areas unless you have a map, compass and a plan for your route and travel with others.