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The Sidestep Shuffle

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Here is Crested Butte there is a time honored tradition of side stepping your way through the trees from the top of the North Face Lift to Spellbound and Third Bowls. It isn't a horrendously long distance and usually takes someone in decent shape (depending on side step traffic) about 15 minutes to reach the top (farther if you head to Third Bowl). But, I hate doing it. Perhaps it is because the shovels on my skis get snow on them but for some reason it just beats me down. Yes, I am closing in on 40 so that might be a reason.

Well, the other day I was talking to a snowboarder about it and he said it was easier to just boot pack it up instead of side stepping. I gave it a try and you know, he was right. Tell hell with side stepping up that thing. From now on, I am tossing my skis on my pack and making like a snowboarder. Anyhow else hate side stepping this much or is it just me?

post #2 of 10

Any more than 5 minutes is too much, unless the snow is too deep without the skis to support your weight.

post #3 of 10

Are you booting on the sidestep track?

 

That's considered poor etiquette around here (which doesn't stop any of the boarders from doing it, of course).

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Thread Starter 

Bob, oh I hear you on that. Like boot packing up a skin track. Actually, the boarders have a little Ho Chi Minh trail that usually is on the side of the side step track. 

 

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Bob, oh I hear you on that. Like boot packing up a skin track. Actually, the boarders have a little Ho Chi Minh trail that usually is on the side of the side step track. 

 


Very cool.  icon14.gif

 

I always did think that Crested Butte was a beacon of harmony and understanding in an increasingly uncivilized world.

post #6 of 10

If snow is too steep and slippery to boot up, sidestepping works.

 

Also I think what the issue here is that they don't want you ruining their track by post holing it.  Quite likely if it weren't for all the folks packing down the snow by sidestepping the snow would be too deep and unsupported  to bootpack up, so yeah, don't ruin it for them.

 

If there is a separate trail that someone has made then go for it.

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Any more than 5 minutes is too much, unless the snow is too deep without the skis to support your weight.


I think I hiked more at Crested Butte than anywhere else I've been.

Particularly demoralizing is Teocalli Bowl, where you have to hike OUT after your run.

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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

Any more than 5 minutes is too much, unless the snow is too deep without the skis to support your weight.


I think I hiked more at Crested Butte than anywhere else I've been.

Particularly demoralizing is Teocalli Bowl, where you have to hike OUT after your run.

post #9 of 10

early season we always have to hike to ski one area that is not yet accessed by its lift. It's either side step or boot, and the boot is generally off on the side. the complication is that we may hike this 6 to 8 min (for me) bootpack numerous times per day for a week. then the sidestep does start to beat you up. If the bootpack is formed well, it is easier on the body to carry the skis.

post #10 of 10

I remember sidestepping that area well. Always wondered if people still did it (it's been years since I was at CB). Thought that these days skiers would either hike it with touring boots or maybe just skin it. Skinning would probably take five minutes.

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