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Old 03-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #131 (permalink)
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But if I want to leave your resort, you can't take my ticket away...that's BS.
If you are using the lifts to access the bc then they can

heres bakers rules, alpy is similar but you have to stop by patrol and prove you have the knowledge to go along with your gear.

If you leave the ski area boundary into the backcountry or re-enter the ski area from the backcountry, you must have all of the following or you will lose your ski area privileges:

1. Avalanche transceiver and demonstrated ability to use it
2. A partner
3. Shovel
4. Knowledge of the terrain and your ability
5. Avalanche knowledge
6. Knowledge of local avalanche conditions;
• know this winter’s snowpack layers
• know the recent snowfall & type
• know current NWAC forecast
• know today’s weather forecast (snowfall, temperature & visibility)

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Killclimbs i know you have toured around stevens not sure how much lift accessed bc you did, most boundary areas at stevens have no ropes, no gates just signs on some trees. cross in and out as you please. In the past only a small group of locals ventured past the boundaries and only a few issues happened. Stevens had the reputation of being "too flat" for hard core skiers who headed to baker alpy crystal. With the increase of popularity of bc skiing and a lot of marketing from stevens, it is now seen as a pow destination. Honestly you have better chance of getting lost/stuck at stevens and spending the night in the snow than being in an avy, ether way the bc can kill you.

As for beginners in the backcountry, i feel you should be able to handle any terrain your in with ease. If shit get serious you need to be able to handle it. I have a couple super mellow zones i'll take some people, but even there a wrong turn can put you in a steep gully that would eat all but experienced riders. Hiking out would be the suck.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:40 PM   #132 (permalink)
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So, is there any truth to the limited chair operation for spring season ?

Stevens Pass never ceases to amaze me, the difference between how Duncan at BAKER runs the resort and the clowns at Stevens is night and day.

For the last 15 years, Stevens has done nothing but take stuff away, it used to be if you bought a season pass you got free skikeep, the lift ticket price has gone up $2 every year since, charge you to park in the upper lot (weekends/holidays), took three nights out of the week for night riding, the lockers used to be .50 cents (now $5, with a debt swipe machine , that half the time dont work) and now shutting down half of the chairs for spring operations, whats next Stevens ? I will always consider BAKER my home mtn, even though I haven't ridden there in 6-7 years, the fact that Duncans outlook is to make it more fun for his customers, allowing snowboards from day one and not nickel and dimeing people to death. I ride Stevens now and have had a midweek pass for 15+ years, I've made Stevens my home mtn strictly out of necessity (kids to pick-up from school), they've always been about the money and not the love of the sport/outdoors, but I guess when they are turning people around on weekends due to no parking, they really dont give a shit.

P.S. are we going to get at least one more storm before the end of the season ?
So, I guess there was some truth to Stevens closing some of the chairs for their "Spring season" except on powder days, well guess what today was a powder day and one of the two backside chairs was closed and what a cluster phuck, I've never seen that long of a lift line anywhere, after the hundreds of cell phone calls to the lodge by people in line, management decided to open the chair, never ceases to amaze me.

Pssssst, tomorrow is also going to be a powder day
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:41 PM   #133 (permalink)
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So, I guess there was some truth to Stevens closing some of the chairs for their "Spring season" except on powder days, well guess what today was a powder day and one of the two backside chairs was closed and what a cluster phuck, I've never seen that long of a lift line anywhere, after the hundreds of cell phone calls to the lodge by people in line, management decided to open the chair, never ceases to amaze me.

Pssssst, tomorrow is also going to be a powder day
Yep I was there...waited at southern cross in the chair line for 40 minutes, and there were people behind me that were there even longer as it kept growing. I don't get why...it was plenty busy for a Thursday even by peak season standards. Glad they reversed course on that though. Safe to say it's always going to be just as busy on any powder day in the near future, so cutting operations doesn't make sense.
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I'll be there tomorrow and sure hope they don't shut down Jupiter like Monday. Plus if you can't go down DB you have to hike to the front fucking stupid IMO to shut that list down when southern cross is open
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I'll be there tomorrow and sure hope they don't shut down Jupiter like Monday. Plus if you can't go down DB you have to hike to the front fucking stupid IMO to shut that list down when southern cross is open
No shit, I totally agree. What would it have cost them to run "one more chair" (Jupiter), they pissed off more people then anything else. The dude clearing off the load ramp at the bottom off the chair, was yelling at everyone on the chair to call the lodge and demand they open the Jupiter chair.

I'll be there tomorrow as well, NOAA says 4-8" with higher amounts at Stevens, and KING5 Jeff Renner said up to a possible FOOT.

Hope my old thighs can handle it, with a fresh hot tube soak and a couple advil, i should be ready for tomorrow
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I'm wondering if it'd even be worth it to try and go out on Monday for a few hours . I missed this round of fresh fluff, but I'd like to get in one more day if I can.
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I'm wondering if it'd even be worth it to try and go out on Monday for a few hours . I missed this round of fresh fluff, but I'd like to get in one more day if I can.
Go if you like warm bluebird groomers or search the tight trees for fresh, Thursday was sick, minus the long chair wait on the backside
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I was able to find plenty of soft stuff on Saturday!
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I was able to find plenty of soft stuff on Saturday!
Friday was good to. lots of good snow still in the trees.
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Well.. today's a no go. Lame! Looks like my next chance will be Easter (though I won't go if it's going to be packed) or the day after. I just want one more day!
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