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Two New Jersey men rescued in woods after skiing out of bounds

On Jan. 8 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the VT State Police received two 911 calls from two skiers who had intentionally skied off the main trails at Killington Mountain and were now lost.

They were identified as: Trevor Smith, age 21 from New Jersey and Christopher Feehan, age 21 from New Jersey.

The skiers, upon becoming lost, had separated from each other and Smith was advising that he was not doing well as he had gotten wet during the decent.

VT State Police began tracking the two skiers via GPS and eventually the two located each other and were being talked down when Smith began experiencing serious fatigue, became incoherent, and would not respond to State Police and ski patrol requests to keep moving. Smith eventually stopped moving, was reportedly unconscious and Killington ski patrol rapidly sent four members in via a hiking trail in Mendon.

Both Smith and Feehan were assisted out at approximately 10 p.m., five and a half hours after the first call to 911 and were both checked out medically and released.

This year has seen an unacceptable amount of skiers, primarily at Killington Mountain, intentionally leaving the marked trails and eventually having to call for assistance to get out of the woods. This places a large drain on State Police uniform and dispatch resources and the State Police will be looking to work with Killington Mountain in an effort to curtail these reckless and poorly thought out acts by skiers who are not physically/mentally prepared to deal with the harsh Vermont winter conditions they face upon getting lost.