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Old 01-11-2012, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I posted this in the Central Canada forum but with no luck.

Not sure if anyone will know but can you go to the closed Fortress resort and do some back country runs? I;m thinking the green runs there would be good for practicing my splitboarding.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know how things work in Canada, but in the US, old closed resorts are a haven for backcountry usage.
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Closed resorts that are not on private land. I think Fortress may be on a fair amount of private land. It does have good backcountry riding there no doubt. Is the road even open to get there? Wasn't it washed out or something?
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Man, talk about a dearth of information on Fortress. I was looking for some trip reports on riding the bc around there, and I can't even find that. Everything kind of leads me to believe that there is a lot of private ownership going on there.
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I know what you mean. I found this article from this time last year. Not a whole lot of info but it sounds like you can get in there. Andrew Wexler: Skiing at Fortress Mountain

The bridge did get wrecked but when they filmed Inception there they re built it. (Acording to a guy at work anyway)

I think we will just drive down on the weekend and check it out.
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Do none of the resorts close to you allow uphill traffic? You should have made the drive over from Banff last weekend to Rogers Pass for the Canuck splitfest. It was a great time and there were several splitters that were super new to the game.
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Do none of the resorts close to you allow uphill traffic? You should have made the drive over from Banff last weekend to Rogers Pass for the Canuck splitfest. It was a great time and there were several splitters that were super new to the game.
Last weekend was the first time I had my DIY split out so I just went out the back of Sunshine. I was worried that if it failed I wanted to be close to a lift and my car. Turns out its awesome though so I should not have been worried!
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Earlier this season to really get my legs and lungs stretched I skinned my local resort while it is open. If the resort allows it I recommend this especially if you can't find anyone to tour with for safety reasons. Some people stop and tell you that you are crazy especially when they see your pass hanging on yourself It is a good way to get ready for longer tours though and used to the skinning motion.
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roremc, you should probably contact these guys.

Yep, cat skiing at Fortress. I know cat operators tend to be tight lipped about you earning your turn in their pay to play area, but you can tell by their response if it's a go or no go.
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let me know if you find out anything. i just did my avy 1 coarse and me and a freind are thinking of renting some boards soon to give it a try before we buy. that might be a good place to give it a first shot.
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