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Dec 17, 2013 8:44 PM by Juice Godfrey

Illegal sledding picking up at Berthoud Pass

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - National Forest officials say they're seeing an annual problem picking up around Berthoud Pass: Illegal sledding.

Sledding and tubing have been banned in the Berthoud Pass area since 2005 because of frequent accidents. The Forest Service sent an advisory Tuesday saying violations of the sledding ban have picked up recently because of healthy snowfall.

Forest Service spokeswoman Maribeth Pecotte says there have been citations this year but no serious injuries. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $5,000.

Clear Creek District officials asked sledders and tubers to stick to safer, approved areas for the activity. Free approved sledding areas include the Grand Lake Nordic Center in Grand Lake; Carter Park in Breckenridge; the Town of Winter Park Sledding Hill; and Rainbow Park in Silverthorne.

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