Originally Posted by ripnbud
Yes... the terrain is comparable to what you get riding the fixed grip (even slower) double chair 6 ... witness the bumps in powder bowl and under the throne, This new chair eliminates the three dis-incentives to skiiing northback which up to now have limited the intrusion of the masses: (1) reqt to hike to ski stuff off northway peak, (2) reqt to ski long traverse down hoChiMinh/I5 trail to return to area, which effectively removed most snowboarders from the area, (3) reqt to take shuttle bus from bottom of northway back to area when skiing most of the brandX. The only thing they can't take away (though the MtRainer park service tried) is backcountry accessed skiing down to hwy 410 which
requires a 3-6 mile ski-out below uncontrolled terrain and a 6 mile hitchhike.
yeah, ski to 410 in unpatrolled/ avalanche uncontrolled area and you too can get the bejeebers beat out of by an avalanche like my buddy did on 02/024/07. As i am sure you know, he is no longer with us! tragic.
A great way to permanently keep you out of Northback/southback. You won't have to worry about lift ticket prices ever again either!
Get used to it! This is just the beginning! Doesn't the plan call for a total of 14 lifts! there are 9 now & Northway would be 10!