Howdya’ like that controversial title? I did that to sucker-in the folks who might not normally read this blog, muah-ha-ha-ha.
Actually, those of us who live and work at Crystal are not too down with that whole silly conflict that recently crept up on the CM Facebook page. So just knock it off, OK? There are lots of ways to get around in the mountains and all of ’em have advantages and disadvantages at different times. When you live in a harsh environment (ya’ know, like here in Greenwater where there’s not even a Taco Bell fergodsakes!) you never know when you’re going to need to count on your neighbors. So everybody has to just be nice to each other!
So whether you snowboard, alpine ski, telemark, skate/blade-ski, cross-country, split-board, snowshoe, mono-ski, randonee, sit-ski or skibike, it doesn’t matter what you wear on your feet (or I guess kinda’ on your butt in the case of sit-skiers and skibikers) as long as you’re having fun.
DISCLAIMER: The only exception is sledding. Sledding is prohibited everywhere at Crystal Mountain and it’s actually not allowed anywhere around here…not enough long runouts and too many tragic accidents. The only place it’s actually allowed is at the Summit Tubing Center at Snoqualmie Pass and sometimes at Paradise on the south side of Mt. Rainier.
But I’m getting a bit off topic….
I’ve gotten a few questions and comments from people about the best ways to maneuver long traverse/ascent trails like we have going to Southback, up into Bullion Basin–even coming back into the area on the I-5 trail returning from Northway. I don’t know of any great rules-of-thumb, so I thought I’d throw it out to y’all to invite comments and ideas.
I know that when the trail is wide enough, it makes it easier for everybody if snowboarders boot on one side of the trail and skiers stay on the other. Does it matter who’s on the uphill or downhill side? I’ve seen skiers track over a perfectly good boot-pack leaving it slicker ‘n snot–particularly cruel when there’s a steep sidehill. And I’ve seen boarders meander along a traverse, leaving an awfully rattly ride for skiers who come along behind them, though theoretically the skiers in those areas should be experts who don’t find this kind of thing too daunting. But it does make the trip a bit less pleasant.
Got any great ideas? Been to other places where they have unwritten norms for this kind of situation? Share your opinions and we’ll post ’em if you’re civil. If anybody sees Corey Peterson, or any other multi-sport experts, get them to weigh in on this, too!