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Nick Demarest watches Jordan Osterman drop off a rock in Fish Creek Canyon on Thursday. Demarest is a ski instructor, and Osterman is a ski patroller. Steamboat Ski Area has been busy during the past week rescuing skiers who venture into the backcountry and do not know where they are going.

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Rescues spike in backcountry near Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Ski Area recently has seen a rash of incidents where skiers have gone into the backcountry and needed to be rescued. A ski area spokesperson said Thursday that ski patrollers had been on rescues five days during the past week.

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