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Feb 22, 2011 2:24 PM by CBS News

Wyoming uphill skier arrested for going wrong way up mountain

JACKSON, WY. - If you are going to ski in Wyoming, don't try to do it uphill.

That's the lesson that retired doctor Roland Fleck learned the hard way after cops handcuffed the 78-year-old and hauled him off the mountain for unsafe skiing.

Fleck was arrested the morning of Feb. 5 after refusing ski patrollers' orders to stop. Jackson Hole Resort officials say avalanche danger and the presence of grooming machines made it unsafe.

Skiers can get uphill with snow-gripping "skins" on their skis, among other methods.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide says Fleck was jailed on charges of trespass, interference, unsafe skiing and theft of services. Resort officials say they won't press charges because Fleck's removal resolved their complaint. Sheriff Jim Whalen says he sees no need for prosecution.

Fleck's son, attorney Dan Fleck, says his father did nothing wrong and the resort should change policies.

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