Yeah, the Patrol calls the chutes that are skier’s right of the 2nd face of Lucky Shot (between Lucky Shot and Bear Pits) "Lucky Shot Chutes". Logical, huh!
Re: Your idea to have a sign at Gate 7 that says whether Gates 8, 9 & 10 are open or closed: There are more steps involved than you could possibly imagine, but we ARE working on it. Great idea–Thanks!
To Scott, who asked if we have a receiver for RECCO, the little reflector chips integrated into many types of popular apparel, helmets, ski boots, etc., and the harmonic radar detectors professional rescue organizations (like us) use to pinpoint their location, particularly when buried (the chips, not the rescuers!) under the snow:
Yes, we have one RECCO receiver and hope to get a second one soon. We like to remind those who ask that statistically, your BEST chance for avalanche survival is "partner rescue" within 15 minutes using transceivers, probe and shovel. Waiting for US to get a RECCO receiver to you at an accident site could mean the difference between death and life, however, it is a great tool for organized rescues. Read more about RECCO here.
To Kyle who wrote twice concerned Crystal is falling behind the times:
Thanks for your concern. Marketing or Guest Services folks probably have ways to keep their fingers on the pulse of guest preferences of which I’m not aware. But this is a Ski Patrol blog. Skiing & Snowboarding market trends I know about come NEITHER from surveys nor visiting with other patrollers as you suggest, but from statistics gathered from (or through) a huge professional trade organization, the National Ski Areas Association. Don’t confuse our "backwoods" location with a backwards attitude toward market savvy just because two 12-year-olds on the chair with you went to jib and bonk at Steven’s the following week. Maybe they’ll spend their entire lives in pipes & parks, or maybe they’ll become all-mountain freeriders shredding up Mill Valley, then Edelweiss Bowl, then High Campbell.
Since buying Crystal over a decade ago, John Kircher has made many changes in transforming it into a financially viable operation. (From a money-loser to a money-maker.) The changes that I heard so many Crystal old-timers call "certain failures" ("No one here will EVER pay to park or ride on those shuttles!") are proving to be phenomenally successful. I think you can relax and enjoy skiing/riding, trusting that John knows what he’s doing.
On a somewhat-related note:
I finally got the chance to have a sit-down lunch at the remodeled (as of last season) Summit House Restaurant a couple weeks ago. After hearing doom and gloom last year, about how no one would ever patronize the place, I had to wait–not long, but still a wait– to get seated ON A MONDAY!!!! Then I had garlic buttered prawns over some kind of baby spinach polenta in wine sauce, with fresh-baked bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, all for less than I pay for Subway at sea level! Are you frikkin’ kidding me??
Here’s a picture of ‘Chef de Cuisine’ Aaron (front) and some of the crew that probably touched my food;