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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #25 on: 12/12/16, 09:53 AM »

The cascades are enormous and there are tons of ski touring options.  The fraction of the available ski terrain covered by ski area permits is minuscule, so why not just ski somewhere besides Silver Basin?  There are lots of land use access/issues worth fighting for, but I don't see this as one of them.



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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #26 on: 12/12/16, 12:21 PM »

The resort access issues are of greatest concern at the beginning and end of each season. The resorts are among the highest-elevation parking locations, and they have brush-free routes to reach higher-still elevations. Furthermore, the resorts are familiar terrain to many newer backcountry tourists, who haven't yet developed a library of destinations from which to choose. There are oodles of early-season wilderness turns to be had, but few of them will let you get home in time for dinner.

I've toured into Silver a few times in the past decade, checking in/out with patrol after that became a thing. It'd be a shame to lose the access, but it's hard to disagree with access closures if uphill skiers don't choose to coordinate with Crystal avalanche control operations.

Knowingly touring into terrain without checking whether someone else, who regularly triggers avalanches in that location, plans to trigger avalanches is inconsiderate to family, friends, avalanche control workers, mountain rescue, paramedics, and everyone in the ski community.
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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #27 on: 12/12/16, 12:56 PM »

Sort of like the people that ride road bikes (bicycles) up and down I-90 in the Summer?

Don't knock until you've tried it.   Oddly enough riding I-90 is feels safer than US-2 -- the shoulder is really wide and there aren't "death bridges" where the shoulder disappears altogether and your are riding right up against a steel guard rail.   Also Interstate construction standards limit the grade, so the hills can be long, but they are never steep.  Going down the section from Exit 52 to Exit 47 is a blast, easy to get over 50mph.
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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #28 on: 12/12/16, 08:17 PM »

On reading this thread the famous quote by the incarnate llama Rinpoche Tulka Butwan, (1312 to 1383 A.D) comes to mind.

" Never underestimate the power of stupidity to overcome every obstacle placed in it's path"

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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #29 on: 12/13/16, 12:47 PM »

Don't knock until you've tried it.   Oddly enough riding I-90 is feels safer than US-2 -- the shoulder is really wide and there aren't "death bridges" where the shoulder disappears altogether and your are riding right up against a steel guard rail.   Also Interstate construction standards limit the grade, so the hills can be long, but they are never steep.  Going down the section from Exit 52 to Exit 47 is a blast, easy to get over 50mph.

The 3.5 miles from exit 25 -> 22 are far better than the grind over Lake Alice or going all the way down and around through Fall City when riding back from North Bend to Issaquah
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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #30 on: 12/30/16, 02:42 PM »

This is why we can't have nice things.
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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #31 on: 12/30/16, 04:49 PM »

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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #32 on: 12/30/16, 08:11 PM »

sad responses. very clear PSA. good work!
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Re: PSA Silver Basin is part of Crystal Ski Area
« Reply #33 on: 01/01/17, 08:47 PM »

The main issue here seems: you can't fix stupid. There's a reason police officers, Firefighters, ERs workers, S&R will always have work. Probably most on this site don't fall under this category(preaching to the choir). Maybe the bigger culprit is the ski gear manufacturers pushing backcountry gear into the hands of every person off the street !:)
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