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Old 03-10-2009, 11:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I know what you mean! I love old ghost towns and relics. I go to Alaska to ride every year and have found this web site about old ski areas in Alaska, you might enjoy it too...


Alaska Lost Ski Areas Project
That's an extremely cool link!
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The road has multiple gates on it right at the base so you have to hike/ski the whole way.
How long is that road? I may do this anyway... I think I remember it being something like 7KM or so?

But I don't remember if it can be ridden back down, or if it is too flat.
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Sounds like you could easily get a 'bile back there. Any rentals in the area?
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I could rent from Calgary. I don't mind the hike up, good for fitness, and I have to get used to it.

but I know it is going to make me want a split more... MEC is sold out of Mojo's this year. Last year at this time, they had put them on sale for 30% off
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I was thinking of using the sled to get to the base area then go to hiking. I've used sleds a few times for this purpose. On our hut trip we used sleds to get back to an area that was a couple of miles from the hut. We then skinned from there and lapped it three times before riding out. No way we would have done that if we had to hike all the way back there.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:48 AM   #16 (permalink)
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The distance from the parking area to the old resort is just over 8km. Then you get to start hiking the runs themselves. It is a pretty long trek up but a lot of people do it. As long as there is an inch of snow you can board the whole way down even though some sections are pretty flat. It took about 20 mins to board/glide back to the base. For the hike up, unless there is a lot of new snow, you dont need snowshoes until the base area of the runs.

The time I made the trek we got about 2/3 of the way up when the guy working as a maintainer came by and gave us a tow up on the back of his snowmobile. That was one of the highlights of the hike up actually. =)
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8 km at a light incline is not too bad... start climbing at 8 am, should be about 90 minutes up. Have a bite, then start lapping. Sounds like fun.
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Ok, I had to do a metric conversion to figure out how far you were talking. Looks like just over 4 miles. That is a bit of a hoof just to get to the base of the area you are considering making runs. Not that I haven't done that. I think we did over 6 miles to get to Dead Dog Couloir, which converts to 9.66 kilometers. This was a one and done run. Which after all that hiking is about all I had in me anyway.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:41 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I think you are being a little optomistic with 90mins. We made the mistake of trying to follow the powerlines which run straight to the resort for a distance of 4km. It may be shorter but the terrain is much more difficult. What I am trying to say is I don't know how long a straight hike up the road is because I never did it but you can be sure it is longer than 90mins.
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I would imagine the uphill trying to follow power lines would be more challenging. I wonder who I can bribe to leave the gate open lol...

I may try it anyway, even if it becomes an exercise in fitness... just gotta convince a couple of guys to come with me.
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