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Snowbird Changes Uphill Access Policy

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This is probably not new news for some of you but this article from Snowbrains is the first that I heard of this. 

I have some thoughts on the policy but I'd like to hear from some of those who ski Snowbird regularly. 

 

The gist of it: 

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Snowbird Uphill Travel/Hiking Policy and Guidelines:

Due to an increase in uphill hiking, skinning and biking, Snowbird is implementing a new uphill travel policy effective February 1, 2015. Skinning, splitboarding and biking are not allowed at Snowbird during winter and spring operating seasons. Unauthorized uphill travel also includes hiking without a Snowbird guide. To arrange a Snowbird guide for uphill hiking call the Snowbird Activity Center at (801) 933-2147 at least 24 hours in advance. Hiking without a Snowbird guide is not permitted during winter and spring operating hours. – snowbird ski resort

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Our local area briefly did this to scare the %54t out of people and wake them up, then instituted approved "routes" for various times of day. They upped the fines for non-compliance as well. There were increasing run-ins between the guys trying to groom and some jerks, and recently some flagrant disregard of direct instructions that almost resulted in ski patrol blowing up someone. They actually ran down to the charge and put it out!! A couple had been told TWICE not to go into the Basin and still went. Most of the uphill crowd are probably ready to lynch offenders themselves at this point.
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Snowbird is a pretty busy mountain and has a variety of speed people are cruising at.  There are several places where all the downhill traffic is funneled together.  People skinning up can be a danger in those high traffic areas.

 

I can definitely see why they implemented a new policy.

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