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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Think of it what you will, thousands of skiers around the world are enjoying uphill skiing at resorts. Why? Cardio for the sake of cardio. Something fun on a high avy danger day. Guide needing a mellow situation for a new client. Dog walking. Testing gear. Skimo race training. You name it.

Well, today Crested Butte Mountain Resort announced their USFS-approved uphilling policy. With that, in our opinion Crested Butte is now leading other North American resorts in accommodating rapidly growing sport of uphill resort skiing in as official and above-board fashion as possible.


http://www.wildsnow.com/8773/uphill-...n-resort-cbmr/

It is the future, we need uphill tracks!
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Cypress and Seymour already have uphill trails right beside the ski runs.
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Cypress and Seymour already have uphill trails right beside the ski runs.
At Seymour, the uphill trail is not associated with the ski resort. In fact, I believe the ski hill strongly discourages those skinning up from using their runs back downhill.
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Cypress seems to be pretty against uphill traffic but they do have an official policy online: http://cypressmountain.com/uphill-policy

Whistler is a bit more confusing. Seems uphill is OK if you have a pass and stay off their radar. No official policy I can find though.
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Cypress and Seymour already have uphill trails right beside the ski runs.
At Seymour, the uphill trail is not associated with the ski resort. In fact, I believe the ski hill strongly discourages those skinning up from using their runs back downhill.
They're fine with you skiing down if you have a valid lift pass.
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I go to Seymour. Have been for the last 10 years. Usually it is OK but on two occasions in the past two years I was told off by a ski patroller. They caught me when crossing over from the ski run to the trail at the bottom of Manning. My response is that I am learning to ski and I am not confident to ski down the trail.

I'd be happy to pay for self-propelled pass. $5
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Cypress and Seymour already have uphill trails right beside the ski runs.
At Seymour, the uphill trail is not associated with the ski resort. In fact, I believe the ski hill strongly discourages those skinning up from using their runs back downhill.
They're fine with you skiing down if you have a valid lift pass.
Charge me a non-lift pass of $5 and I'd probably pay.
Though I'd expect to be able to use the upper parking lot then.
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I feel a little behind on the times never hearing of this before.

So you're supposed to ski...uphill?

Can someone explain this to me please. [?]
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At Seymour, the uphill trail is not associated with the ski resort. In fact, I believe the ski hill strongly discourages those skinning up from using their runs back downhill.
That may be the "official" position, but I've never had any issues skiing back down the runs after going up the backcountry trail, especially early in the morning when the lifts aren't even operating yet.

However, I have seen people skinning and snowshoeing directly up runs while the lifts were operating, instead of using the backcountry trail, which is just asking for trouble.
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get a pair of collapsing ski poles. tuck one into your pack. tell the patroller you dropped a pole and you're just climbing up to get it. tell the patroller you feel it's smart to wear skins cuz it's easier than sidestepping or herringboning uphill.
...oh and you can't go down and take the lift up because it was a gift from your significant other that's waiting at the bottom and you don't want to be in the doghouse for not respecting the expensive gift.

if the patroller calls backup to stop you then...SIGH, remove skins, SIGH, and pull out the 2nd pole and ski down hooting and hollering "WooHoo, downhill ROCKS!!".


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back in the day...i'm talking 70's early 80's perhaps. It was fairly common to see people skinning/hiking/snowshoeing up the side of Collins Run. IMO it's a lot safer than all the people that seem to just sit in the middle of runs.

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On days like yesterday bad visibility and no new snow I ski down Symphony and skin up to the saddle.Great for my fitness and a mellow day on the hill.
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quote: back in the day...i'm talking 70's early 80's perhaps. It was fairly common to see people skinning/hiking/snowshoeing up the side of Collins Run.
Thats true, pre peak chair days
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I believe resorts may have a tenure that applies to lift accessed skiing and they can't restrict self propelled access to the same crown land. Its not a huge issue here but it does happen and the concern is that many of the skiers won't be looking for someone coming up. It is that danger that is the larger concern I believe. Be respectful and dont skin up the middle of the busiest runs
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You guy's have no idea of what happened in the past. Cypress was one of the worst for going after ski touring when they opened their xcountry area. Seymour soon fell right behind. Whistler use to give you a free pass if you ski to the top, but that changed to get the f%$# off the mountain. Been skiing for over 40 years and have had many confrontations with the ski patrol. Started getting after the provincial government for there policy of letting private companies blocking access to public parks. Sent letters to ski hill operators threatening to start boycots of future licencing of any expansion or new ski developments. Those suckers use to explain it away as liability issues over having people going up ski runs WTF. Well get proper insurance you bozos. What about the people laying all over the slopes wiping out and the people snow boarding breakneck past kiddies? I generally try to ride their lifts for free now.[}]
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I wonder if we could get this issue on the NDP's radar. Keeping private companies from getting too greedy seems to be up their alley.
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