Wow, entertaining thread. Bob and others who agree are right as he actually has the knowledge base and experience to give the the resort's perspective. The idea that we can do what ever we want because the mountain is on public lands is rediculous. Everyone has a right to an opinion but those crying foul are like a toddler screaming to Mom cause they want the safety fence down. I think my dad would have said, put it down, let him fall on his head, maybe he'll learn something.
While there are many issues raised in here the resort's action is based on their mandate by the USFS for public safety for users of their resort. Whether it's a snowmobile tour company or an outfitter, they are all required to have a plan for the safety of their clients as part of the lease agreement. The USNF's mission is the provide multiple use and are required to oversee the leasee in order that public safety is practiced not just words on a contract.
How would you feel if the man going uphill got killed due to a collision. Lots of places where the downhill skier is blinded to someone going uphill. Sure, your supposed to ski/ride in a manner so when it occurs by a skier/rider stopped below a hump, your supposed to be able to correct. That's fantasy. Most of time the collision is avoided with of course a few choice words yelled out by the uphill skier/rider.
This all boil's down to safety. Yup, resort staff does go uphill sometimes in snowmobiles, there is danger but the staff is trained and they are supposed to do it in a safe. Obviously, the resort can't eliminate all dangers but removing a danger caused by this guy is a no brainer.
We all know that resort's pay huge liability insurance payments. Unfortunately, accidents and deaths do happen in the ski resort biz. Just another reason it's in the resorts best interest to provide a safe environment.
The ski patrol risks their lives, especially at a place like Jackson, often. I remember many times driving to work on Damnation Alley, looking up at the mountain and you see the snow flying around from the wind on the upper ridges with a foot of new snow overnight. It's cold, real cold. I think about my friends on the patrol, putting the hand charges together early in the morning, used to be called the Boom Boom Room. They get out there before most have even woken up. I am so glad I'm not them and so glad they are out there in order to make the mountain safe for everyone. Gotta admit I think firing the Avalauncher at Cirque Bowl would be fun.
Whether he had a ticket is moot, the officials at the forest service office in town, their bosses in Denver and Washington, the Dept of Agriculture, are not elected.
If the guy didn't have enough common sense to understand his danger, he has no right and the ski patrol has a duty to get him out of there so someone else does not get hurt. I think the resort bent over backwards to occomodate his goal. If your a AT skier/rider there are thousands of acres of NFS lands to earn some amazing turns in and aound the valley. Teton Pass, Cache Creek, Cold Creek, GTNP, you can live without the right to skin/hike uphill at Teton Village during operations.