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  1. #1151
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    With the expansive growth of Seattle, we desperately need another major ski area somewhere within a 2 hour drive from Seattle... And more expansion of existing hills too.
    Skiing in resorts will be dead in 30 years. None of the ski areas have the elevation to support decent snowpack with ongoing climate change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW_SKIER View Post
    White pass is getting so crowded it really puts a damper on fun levels for weekend skiing. When there is no where to sit and have a beer inside, I get irritated. Oh, and the lift lines are getting stupid.
    That must be why Phil and Steve Mahre came to Mission yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skimaxpower View Post
    Crystal was great today. Northway and Throne open by around 10:30, Southback by noon.

    Parking and lift lines were disaster. But it was worth it.
    I miss those full lot Xtal days, where there's powder a plenty for a little bit of hiking!
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Skiing in resorts will be dead in 30 years. None of the ski areas have the elevation to support decent snowpack with ongoing climate change.
    Rubbish, they'll have skiing at the top of Mt Rainier and Mt Hood. Maybe even Baker. But I would doubt there will be much in the way of lift expansion going on. Just need to get used to 30 minute waits like the good old days of double and triple chairs!
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    I concur, Crystal was amazing yesterday, even with the 200yard long line at northway when it opened, but some of the first tracks down that will be the highlight of my year... it was bottomless and super extra floaty bouncy sex powder...

    Quote Originally Posted by skimaxpower View Post
    Crystal was great today. Northway and Throne open by around 10:30, Southback by noon.

    Parking and lift lines were disaster. But it was worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    With the expansive growth of Seattle, we desperately need another major ski area somewhere within a 2 hour drive from Seattle... And more expansion of existing hills too.
    Hear hear!

    Especially when contrasted with the millions of acres decimated by logging and mining, a ski area has a statistically tiny environmental impact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Skiing in resorts will be dead in 30 years. None of the ski areas have the elevation to support decent snowpack with ongoing climate change.
    Well, let's enjoy it while we got it! Modern ski areas should be designed around 4 season recreation anyways. DH and XC Bike park, hiking access, etc. So if in the future snow is spotty, you can still go up and have a good time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Hear hear!

    Especially when contrasted with the millions of acres decimated by logging and mining, a ski area has a statistically tiny environmental impact.
    Yes. But the enviro groups will fight any kind of new development like it's an open pit strip mine. Even if the resort is designed to be as natural and friendly as possible with limited hard edges to runs, small base area foot print, etc. Even if it's just the expansion inside current resort permit areas. It's nutty.

    Meanwhile Weyerhaeuser is clear cutting the entire highway 2 corridor from Henry Creek all the way to Wenatchee and no one bats an eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    Well, let's enjoy it while we got it! Modern ski areas should be designed around 4 season recreation anyways. DH and XC Bike park, hiking access, etc. So if in the future snow is spotty, you can still go up and have a good time.
    I'm sure Americans would love to ride the chair up and hike back down. That uphill walking is for suckers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW_SKIER View Post
    I'm sure Americans would love to ride the chair up and hike back down. That uphill walking is for suckers.
    I'd love a ski area that you could hop on a gondola to a ridgeline that would allow you to hike for miles. Like Europe.

    I often lustfully imagine this area near Lake Wenatchee on Crook Mountain. (It's not in the wilderness...) https://goo.gl/maps/3AaY1v9QKfR2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    Well, let's enjoy it while we got it! Modern ski areas should be designed around 4 season recreation anyways. DH and XC Bike park, hiking access, etc. So if in the future snow is spotty, you can still go up and have a good time.



    Yes. But the enviro groups will fight any kind of new development like it's an open pit strip mine. Even if the resort is designed to be as natural and friendly as possible with limited hard edges to runs, small base area foot print, etc. Even if it's just the expansion inside current resort permit areas. It's nutty.

    Meanwhile Weyerhaeuser is clear cutting the entire highway 2 corridor from Henry Creek all the way to Wenatchee and no one bats an eye.
    Exactly and it's bullshit and everyone knows it.

    The only reason the enviro groups attack ski area dev is because the ski area devs don't have as much money as the mining and logging industries who also pay off the enviro groups. Fucking racket.

    I support wilderness areas and use specific stuff, but ski areas are great for peoples mental and physical health.

    Then again, skiing is sinning and extraction industries are gods work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Exactly and it's bullshit and everyone knows it.

    The only reason the enviro groups attack ski area dev is because the ski area devs don't have as much money as the mining and logging industries who also pay off the enviro groups. Fucking racket.

    I support wilderness areas and use specific stuff, but ski areas are great for peoples mental and physical health.
    Geeze, how about a few 4 season gondola/trams to interesting places? No runs, no "ski resort", 100% backcountry. Maybe one or two avalanche mitigated "safety routes" to the bottom of the tram, close it to skiing/exiting the mountain top observatory on high danger days. Climate change worry warts can hike up there in the summer, and in the winter when there is the occasional snowfall use youngsters can get a few turns in, patch skiing style.

    Then again, skiing is sinning and extraction industries are gods work.
    Skiers use the devils lettuce, therefore, not good people.

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    Can gun jerk memes go up there to argue with the climate change memes? Or can we find something more divisive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    dweebus delivered today if you got there early and didn't mind some lift lines.....
    Great day of skiing with you buddy.

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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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    hey dudes - heading up from Portland next mon/tues to try and hit crystal and alpental. anyone gonna be around?

    also, any advice on lodging would be appreciated as options look rather thin.

    thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuffy109 View Post
    hey dudes - heading up from Portland next mon/tues to try and hit crystal and alpental. anyone gonna be around?

    also, any advice on lodging would be appreciated as options look rather thin.

    thanks in advance.
    Probably shouldnt try to hit Alpental on Monday.

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    A stand up mag and friend clears his driveway. 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    A stand up mag and friend clears his driveway. 😁

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    New blower or just get the old one running again?

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    x-post from ch2 thread

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    Old blow hard
    I have a responsibility to not be intimidated and bullied by low life losers who abuse what little power is granted to them as ski patrollers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuffy109 View Post
    hey dudes - heading up from Portland next mon/tues to try and hit crystal and alpental. anyone gonna be around?

    also, any advice on lodging would be appreciated as options look rather thin.

    thanks in advance.
    I'll be skiing Crystal Sun/Mon/Tues AM... flying in for a few days from the 70 degree East Coast to try to find some snow. No idea where I'm going though, so I realize this isn't super helpful, but if you want to take some laps I'll be there. I'm staying at the Crystal Hotel, cause I'm lazy.

  21. #1171
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    New blower or just get the old one running again?
    Right before I embarked on the repair, I hit CL one more time.
    Found this one listed by a neighbor (for pretty cheap) who apparently has a much lower threshold for performance than I do. Compared to what is left of mine, it's brand spanking new.

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    The mythical chains on 4wd - believe!!!

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    WSDOT required chains on all vehicles including AWD/4WD for a couple hours last Friday. It was a skating rink

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank54 View Post
    I'll be skiing Crystal Sun/Mon/Tues AM... flying in for a few days from the 70 degree East Coast to try to find some snow. No idea where I'm going though, so I realize this isn't super helpful, but if you want to take some laps I'll be there. I'm staying at the Crystal Hotel, cause I'm lazy.
    sounds good. locking down a room and should be there tuesday. i'll get in touch.
    fine

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    Heads-up for all you Xtal midweek substance abusers:
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    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

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