Thanks for your comments.
You make a valid point. By all means, we understand Search and Rescue doesn’t charge for their services, and we absolutely understand the importance of ensuring backcountry users aren’t dissuaded from calling for help when it’s required.
The signs that we use on the ski hill are mostly standard ski industry signs. I suspect the initial intent of the signs is to dissuade unprepared individuals from venturing into the backcountry altogether, rather than dissuading anyone for calling for help when they need it.
We certainly have seen an increase in backcountry travellers, who pass our backcountry checklist sign which prompts them to ensure they are educated and prepared for travel beyond our ski area boundaries.
We put this information up on our website in an effort to bring awareness to this. One of our concerns is that there is no immediate SAR assistance at Manning Park. Our local SAR comes from Princeton which takes a longer period of time to mobilize.
We really want to emphasize that going beyond our ski area boundaries means that you are assuming the responsibilities of backcountry travel, and that it is uncontrolled, unmarked, not inspected, not patrolled, and involves many risks, dangers and hazards.
We’ve removed the wording that mentions costs required for rescue and will bring it to the attention of our ski hill staff for on-hill signs.
We appreciate you opening this dialogue and in the future, if you have any other issues or questions, please contact us directly and we would be happy to talk with you.
Please feel free to contact us directly at email@example.com.
-Robyn Barker, Marketing Coordinator at Manning Park Resort