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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    Tram to the top of Whitehorse please.
    Yes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    If the mountain will not come to muhammad?
    Muhammad will smoke opium and dream.
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    Boulder River Wilderness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    Boulder River Wilderness.
    So.... what are you smoking?
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    Build it and they will come....until the parking lot fills up.
    "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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    The death count at a USA based European style access it whenever at your own risk type place would be quite high I bet.

    Americans are dumb & greedy when it comes to powder.

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    Do you mean chowder? Certainly the past week has been fantastic, but I imagine the greater Darrington area generally has rather challenging snow conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    The mountains, snowpack and the roads are there... unfortunately since the forest service themselves got sued over trying to fix a fire lookout that existed well before wilderness... I doubt there's going to be any lift skiing up there. But darrington could be one hell of a ski hub with a little better access.

    Tram to the top of Whitehorse please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    Boulder River Wilderness.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    So.... what are you smoking?

    A hybrid of hopes and dreams.

    Whitehorse is within the BRW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    The mountains, snowpack and the roads are there... unfortunately since the forest service themselves got sued over trying to fix a fire lookout that existed well before wilderness... I doubt there's going to be any lift skiing up there. But darrington could be one hell of a ski hub with a little better access.

    Tram to the top of Whitehorse please.
    Too steep and cliffy to be practical as even another Alpental. I opened it up in Hillman and there are multiple lines of 45+ pitches(implying big cliffs). It seems like there are only two areas that would be practical without FS impediments considered - North Cascades east of the crest, including Lake Wenatchee (but not really, need more highway access or Wenatchee airport has to get some better connections to hubs), or Goat rocks(new highway needed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    A hybrid
    I think we've all moved onto Teslas now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    A hybrid of hopes and dreams.
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    One of my favorite blends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wordbird View Post
    It seems like there are only two areas that would be practical without FS impediments considered - North Cascades east of the crest, including Lake Wenatchee (but not really, need more highway access or Wenatchee airport has to get some better connections to hubs), or Goat rocks(new highway needed).
    Goat rocks is all wilderness and rez. And too far from where the people are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primate View Post
    where the people are.
    This is important.

    We already have a ski area 3 hours in good weather/traffic from Puget Sound where hardly anyone from Seattle goes.
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    With the exception of one chair I shared with some mountain ops folks, everyone I rode the lift with there yesterday was from greater Seattle...

    Anecdotal and statistically insignificant, but I think more people head in that direction than is widely believed.
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    If you stick to the 2 hour requirement I think the only undeveloped area that meets the criteria(besides FS land which is basically everywhere), you're only left with eastern Olympics, which is 2 hours to Olympia and Tacoma in some cases(and other places with ferry access).

    edit: and it seems all the easily accessible places in Olympics are "too steep". Dungeness valley is the only one that's semi-reasonable for road & parking lot construction, but that doesn't meet the 2 hour criteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordbird View Post
    If you stick to the 2 hour requirement I think the only undeveloped area that meets the criteria(besides FS land which is basically everywhere), you're only left with eastern Olympics, which is 2 hours to Olympia and Tacoma in some cases(and other places with ferry access).
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    It isn't sexy but I think Yodelin is the clear answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Yodelin/Jim
    That's a Stevens Pass expansion

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordbird View Post
    That's a Stevens Pass expansion
    We'll take what we can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    We'll take what we can get.
    It really is the only realistic option. Every other option is a billion dollar investment when all said and done. Requires selling condos to the east coast. To make that feasible I think that's a North Cascades on their east side with their improved climate + reliance on Wenatchee getting better connections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordbird View Post
    It really is the only realistic option. Every other option is a billion dollar investment when all said and done. Requires selling condos to the east coast. To make that feasible I think that's a North Cascades on their east side with their improved climate + reliance on Wenatchee getting better connections.
    Part of the Goat Creek drainage N of Crustal is on the edge of Wilderness and has some viability.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gr....65511!5m1!1e4

    SR410 is maxed out as is though, as is US2.
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    I just want trains with ski racks, is that too much to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    I just want trains with ski racks, is that too much to ask?
    You know where to go. It would be nice to have them here, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Part of the Goat Creek drainage N of Crustal is on the edge of Wilderness and has some viability.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gr....65511!5m1!1e4


    SR410 is maxed out as is though, as is US2.
    200" seasons from middle of Rainier shadow? I think the FS is a bigger obstacle than the roads imo.

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    Might be a dumb idea but Alpine lakes off from middle fork of the snoqualmie? Piss off a lot of backcountry skiers. A four season road and buildings would never get approved.


    While a bit low and shallow there is already a four season highway approved (and never funded) between greenwater and Naches along the current FS 70

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