If you go into the woods today you better go well prepared 

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"And we will charge them."

In the last couple of weeks alone Whistler-Blackcomb has responded to two calls which have resulted in bills of about $800 and $7,000.

In many, many of these cases, said Protsch, the outcome could have been avoided if the skiers and boarders had prepared themselves better and were more informed.

"Respect the boundary," he said. "If you don’t know where you are going then don’t go.

"There is no patrol, there are crevasses, avalanche risks, cliffs, all kinds of things.

"If you do go, know where you are going, be prepared, carry emergency supplies and self-rescue equipment, tell someone where you are going, and make sure your cell phone is charged up.

"People need to take responsibility for their own actions and they need to realize that they are in the mountains and things can happen even with the best laid plans and experience.

"But there are too many people who are not experienced who just don’t know what they are doing or where they are going and they get themselves into these pickles."

With spring break just around the corner rescue personnel are bracing for a few busy weeks.

But, said Protsch, he is hopeful that winter warriors will get the message and enjoy the mountains and the backcountry sensibly.

"We train a lot for these situations and we just ask that people use their brains so they don’t get into treacherous situations and don’t put us in that same situation."

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