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Uphill traffic at Hyak
« on: 03/11/19, 07:59 AM »

Curiosity has finally got the best of me. I have had a pass for the last three years and ride at Hyak with my kid on the weekends. There is very heavy uphill traffic there in AT gear. Are these folks poaching? Is there some hidden stash that they are off to? Or are they just using Hyak as a jumping off point to Catherine and points beyond? I’ve never seen so much uphill traffic at a resort and they seem to be complying with The Summit’s uphill policy. (Assuming they are not poaching) Not looking for anyone to out themselves as a poacher. I’m not looking to get anyone in trouble. Just curious.

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Re: Uphill traffic at Hyak
« Reply #1 on: 03/11/19, 09:52 AM »

Touring at Hyak more or less eliminates all the safety issues compared to touring outside of the resort. No need to worry about avalanches, getting lost, unmarked hazards, etc. Great for beginners, getting new gear dialed in, or just getting a workout in. I'm sure some are accessing terrain beyond Hyak as well, but I think most view it as a "practice tour".

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Re: Uphill traffic at Hyak
« Reply #2 on: 03/11/19, 01:40 PM »

Newbies gotta learn how to ski downhill somewhere - many are unwilling (or financially-constrained after purchasing their sparkling new DPS skis w/ tech bindings) to buy a day ticket. It's a point of contention for sure, I wish The Summit would amend their uphill travel policy for the non-Alpental base areas to be unrestricted uphill access at a particular base area on that base area's non-operating days and during operating hours on days of operation. That would eliminate the feeling that they are "poaching" the powder and taking advantage of the grooming they are not paying for.

I'd also like to see The Summit implement a paid-parking system on weekends & holidays. Something simple like paying $5 and receiving a token which if presented at the ticket window will get you a $5 discount - passholders and advance, online ticket purchasers can just show their pass / purchase confirmation and park for free. Again, only on weekends and holidays when spots are being taken away from ski area customers by the uphill skiing/snowshoeing/dogwalking community.

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