We’re working our butts off to get terrain open as quick as we can! Here’s a couple things I want to make everyone aware of.
At Crystal, when we say "closed", we mean it. We close terrain for a variety of safety reasons that those familiar with ski area management will understand, and others likely might not. When we catch poachers in closed areas, we have to pull passes and revoke access to Crystal Mountain services, and bill people when we incur charges. Already this year we’ve had a couple closure-poachers suffer severe (not catastrophic, but definitely future-lifestyle-altering) injuries. Then last night, a 17-year old guy with a 14-year old girl (duuuude!) intentionally broke the Northway closure, got disoriented, then exhausted, and cellphoned for help.
(Confidential to the 14 & 17 year olds: Good thinking calling for help before it got too late, but bad form duckin’ lines that were put there to keep you from getting in over your head…and then getting in over your head!)
Seth and Sara got called out of the Snorting Elk just as they were about to take their first sip of that night’s draft special–Full Sail’s "Wreck the Halls" winter ale, which I must say is decidedly tasty–to join Brent and Ben who’d gone out searching when the first call came in around 5:00 p.m. If you see the 4, give ’em a pat on the back for finding the kids and finally getting them to safety–and out from under some increasing avalanche hazard as it was pukin’ snow–about 8:00 p.m. (And if you see the kids and you’re feeling generous, you can contribute to help defray the hefty bill they’ll be receiving for after-hours rule-breaker rescue!)
None of us enjoy pulling passes but we know it’s a part of ‘enforcement’ that helps us keep our less-wise guests from injuring themselves. When we have to stop working on getting terain open to chase down violators, everybody loses! So please help spread the word! Encourage your more-aggro buddies to simmer down a notch; we want to help keep THEM from becoming a statistic too!