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post #31 of 34
Getting back to the original topic....please check out this site---http://www.selkirkpowderco.com ........they have been in operation for several years and they use sherpa snomobiles--with a trailer ..for uphill trans...
It`s on the back country of Schweitzer Mtn. Idaho--(Sandpoint) , using their lift to the start point at the top .
They have a building at the top w/garage/office and other amenities (guides etc.)-----at any rate, Schweitzer is a marvelous ski area with low people volume...You can check out their site ------schweitzermtn...been there and love it!!!! larry c

P.S. The Sherpas are for uphill transportation off the back side of Schweitzer and I THINK that is all part of the undeveloped Schweitzer Area.

They travel pre determined alleys--Again check out the SPC---site ...
post #32 of 34
Thread Starter 
Not to be nit picking But Schweitzer is in Idaho not Utah. Powder Mountain Utah uses Snowmobiles and tows people out on ridge lines untill they fine a powder stash
post #33 of 34
I am not opposed to using a snowmobile to access BC. For the first 8 years that I skied we used a snowmobile instead of going to a resort. It was a four stroke 1959 Johnson all steel track with a 12hp Kohler engine. Top speed was 12mph on the hard flats.

A whole bunch of us kids would hang onto a wooden handle attached to a big hemp rope and get towed from the bottom of the hill around to the top. I would either ski with my maple cable binding skis or my snowboard (A Snurfer from Monkey Wards) Being towed slowly to the top by way of a shallow road was long and boring and we had nothing else to do except see if we could upset the balance of the other kids on the tow line. King of the castle so to speak. At least on the snurfer you could run back and jump back on it if you fell off.

I have many fond memories of quality powder time being towed through the orchards hanging onto a water ski tow rope. We use to do it for hours on end as we went all over through the woods. Of course the driver would do his best to try to wrap you around a tree or ski you through the prickers. Summac bushes were fun. If it was really cold, they explode when hit. That was great feeling of power over nature. Piss elm and sugar maple whips where another story.

We eventually progressed to car hoods and refrigerator doors. You could fit more kids on them for the "Hey guys watch this" moments. Without steering the snowmobile driver could be downright evil.

Best off, was getting towed through town at night on the steets. Yah hada be careful as anyone in town would recognize you and probably call you're parents and everyone else's on party line. We had a wino in town that would buy us a two for one bottle of booze. He bought two, one for us and one for him. He always came out with Boones Farm Strawberry Hill. While getting towed I tried to empty the vapors from the bottle with my left hand while holding onto the tow rope with my right. This induces a twist in the body so that one may still see. It also induces a twist at the ski level and I went right over and hit a parked car (a hurse) in the right berm. Good thing I had my Cubco bindings instead of my cable bindings as I came right out and vaulted over the car.

I haven't been on a snowmobile newer than 1968 so I have no idea what they are like today but the utility can be no less than what I remember.
post #34 of 34
Originally Posted by Powdr
Not to mention that most terrain in the Wasatch is watershed and they are illegally stomping in these areas. I have tried a few times to discuss this with them on the trail and get nothing but profanity and abusive behavior.
Depends on where in the Wasatch. If you own property, the Forest Service allows you to access your property with snowmobiles. Cardiff Fork is open to snowmobiles. So is the Lambs Canyon side ofthe ridgeline w/ Millcreek. Almost the entire east side of the Wasatch is open to snowmobiling.

As an avid bc skier, I have no problem with snowmobile access. If I don't want to be around snowmobiles, I go where they can't. Simple enough. I agree, that if they are going into avie terrain, they should have appropriate avie training and gear.
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