Vail Mountain and the U.S. Forest Service are running a joint sting operation to detect and nab instructors and guides who work on the mountain without a license, the Denver Post reports. So far, 12 people have been taken down. They face federal charges, up to $5,000 fines, and a lifetime ban from skiing at any of the five Vail Resorts.
"Our big message that we try to get across is that this is for public safety," Don Dressler of the U.S. Forest Service said. "We permit people who are licensed and insured and properly trained. I can understand the economics of the situation, and we sympathize, but we need to protect the public."