Skiers should carry GPS

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Re: “Safer ski and snowboard equipment should be required,” (Journal, Dec. 29). Recently, a 25-year-old snowboarder went missing at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Search and rescue teams, a valuable resource, spent several days trying to find her. Her family and friends were sick with worry. A simple solution to this problem would be to attach a small GPS unit to boots. Many people would find this idea ridiculous because of the already extremely high price to ski and snowboard, but it would be worth it. If someone got lost, the rescue teams would easily locate the person before it was too late. A GPS in the boots would be a safety precaution against these things happening. This is practical since GPS units are getting smaller and smaller, therefore lowering the cost. CLAIRE BROWN, student, Auburn