Man who crashed paraglider at Steamboat Ski Area will be ticketed | SteamboatToday.com

Man who crashed paraglider at Steamboat Ski Area will be ticketed







— The U.S. Forest Service plans to issue a Steamboat Springs man a ticket after he crashed his paraglider at Steamboat Ski Area.

Ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said skiers called Ski Patrol on Saturday after seeing the man go into trees out of bounds off of the Upper Valley View trail. The man was not seriously injured.

Kasten said they believe the man hiked up the mountain because they did not have any record of him taking the gondola.

It is believed the man has flown from the ski area other times this ski season.

Forest Service mountain sports ranger Erica Dickerman said it is not illegal to paraglide from the ski area as long as you are a member of the local Storm Peak Hang Gliding Association. The man is not a member.

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The association has insurance and holds a permit from the Forest Service. Members can use ski area roads during the winter and the launch sites year round.

Dickerman said the man is being encouraged to join the association so he can get some mentoring and training.

She said the winds were not favorable for the man Saturday.

The man took off from the top of the gondola. Winds were coming from the northwest, and he launched to the south, Dickerman said.

The man was going to be issued a ticket for being in a restricted area.

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