NANAIMO, B.C. - The parents of a 16-year-old who nearly died after skiing out of bounds on Mount Washington last week are facing a bill of at least $1,000 for the rescue.
The bill is in excess of $1,000, but less than $2,000, said Dave Hampshire, a spokesman for the Vancouver Island ski resort.
Mr. Hampshire said the search was conducted in absolutely horrific conditions, with visibility almost zero because of blowing snow and failing light.
The rescue team found the teen around 5:30 p.m., dangling from a tree halfway down a 24-metre cliff. The teen had been in the tree for three hours.
Two minor avalanches were set off during a daring rescue by rope.
Mr. Hampshire said the youth not only put his own life on the line, he also put the rescue team in peril.