Hullo. I’m a Crystal Mountain Traverser

My name is Christina and sometimes I like to traverse.  I start cursing when I’m skiing a waist deep line off the Throne in flat light and double eject onto a traverse track put in by people just skiing the lower field.  But on the other hand, I thank our traversers, when I’m jonesing to get to Brand X and the Penny Dawgs Highway has been punched.  So, I guess my point is we traverse a lot here at Crystal–I mean can you say I-5 or the trail to South?  But it is important to be respectful of where we put in the traverse and look out for them on our fall line descents.  One more thing, the traverse through the A-Basin gate all the way under every avalanche path on the North side of the King needs to stop!  It is not safe or efficient.  Let’s just put an end to that one.  And when you have the time to hike just do that– it is a better run and puts tracks in some avi starting zones which keeps the snow in place.    Photo: "to hike or traverse?"  by Chris Morin

5 thoughts on “Hullo. I’m a Crystal Mountain Traverser

  1. Nick

    I find that this post contradicts the actions of Crystal Mountain. If you don’t want the traverse to continue on past the throne, why did you reopen that midway gate? That traverse is a great way to access Ben’s Point and the glades above Elizabeth Lake. Personally, I prefer the hike, as it is really not that difficult, if the Ski Patrol were to post a sign that stated no traversing past this point, I would not object. Crystal however, should take a clear stance on this
    To Nick: It does seem to be contradictory because of the gates location. But it opens up access to the South East side of the Throne. And there are some days where we will open up the other South gates and leave the A-Basin gate closed until the upper paths have been skied. It is not consistently opened with the other gates. A no traversing sign is not a bad idea but some days it is not as much an issue as others. You are right to say there are some contradictory points but we are hoping to have less people traverse under the avalanche paths on the North side of the King on high hazard days.

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  2. Tim

    I thought the lower A gate at the midpoint of the throne was OK? Now your saying to stay away?
    Sorry about the confusion- there is a gate that puts you in mid-slope into A-Basin. This gate is to give people the great skiing under the South East side of the Throne. It allows easy access to the trees on the rib of A-Basin too. It is a great place to ski and we encourage you to use it. What we don’t like seeing is the traverse all the way under the North side of the King on higher hazard days. The problem here is if someone pops out a pocket or sluff from above it could hit a person on that traverse. So, just be really aware of what is above you when going through that gate on deeper days. It also puts in quite the track for people skiing fall line off the King, so just think about where you are on the slope. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Rob

    “I start cursing when I’m skiing a waist deep line off the Throne in flat light and double eject onto a traverse track put in by people just skiing the lower field”
    Well said!
    How about a short rope line down the fall line from throne just beyond the A-basin/hamburger gate preventing the lazy traverses and directing traffic from there as downhill only?
    To Rob: we have talked about vertical rope lines a lot- probably not going to happen because part of the beauty of Southback is the lack or rope and having people take responsibility for being in “Avalanche prone terrain” as the gates say. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Jim

    Is it really that hard to boot up to the top of E or the throne? Nothing worse than a traverse track right in the middle of a perfect fall line run.

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  5. Jack

    Crystal mountain’s epic traverses are great for accessing cool terrain and shaking feeble klingons. As for “no traversing in A-basin”, good luck with that; although it is ridiculous that people do it all the way to silver.

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