here is the link
so Huckleberry Canyon is now in-bound, does this mean you don't need to hike out ? sorry, never been there
I haven't looked at the link yet, but the chutes and pitches off the back of Grandview are really very nice and challenging. They will unfortunately become mogul runs now. There are a number of 30 and 40 foot drops back there that can sneak up on you if you aren't aware, and bigger drops that can cliff out a skier. As backcountry, there were a lot of terrain traps at the end of slide prone chutes. The area called North Bowl has some very nice pitches and tree-skiing, but always required a tough traverse to exit. I kind of have mixed feelings about it. Very nice terrain, but some dangerous aspects, and it was nice not to have everyone in there.
After reading a bit of the article, I have skied with Doug (and his dog). It appears that all they have done is taken out the gates and put the area under patrol and avy control. The Huckelberry Canyon is a cirque leading to a hanging valley that is dead flat. Its a tough hike out, or a long traverse to North Bowl, then another traverse to Castle. As it says in the article, its not for everyone, and you can get into a lot of trouble if you just launch it without knowing where you are going.
I recall the boundary ropes were still up last week, but with some signage changes ?
Hey Guys! I'm the snowreporter here at Sierra and came across your posts! Here's a little bit more info ...
The USFS has approved Sierra's petition to incorporate Huckleberry Canyon inside the resort boundary. The 320 acres will continue to be accessible via the five access gates. Huckleberry Canyon is classified as double black diamond, or extremely challenging, terrain and should only be accessed by expert skiers and riders who are knowledgeable about traveling in extreme and variable snow terrain and conditions.
From an operational point of view, Ski Patrol will assess the snow conditions on a daily basis and will open and close the gates accordingly. When the gates are open, expert skiers and snowboarders can enter Huckleberry Canyon through one of the access gates. When the gates are closed, access is not permitted. Also, Ski Patrol can now respond to calls for search and rescue and can conduct avalanche control in the area
New this season, Adult Ski & Snowboard School will offer advanced skiers and snowboarders the option to explore Huckleberry Canyon in group and private lessons. Like freestyle terrain, only those skiers and riders who choose to access the terrain beyond the gates will be taken there. Instructors will assess the ability of those who express interest and make a case-by-case determination.
Also new this season, Adult Ski & Snowboard School will also offer a 2.5 hour Backcountry Awareness Course that will include an introduction to out-of-bounds skiing, avalanche beacon training, terrain training and route finding.
The above links that "911over" posted are where you can find any more information if you don't have enough :) Hope that helps! - Smash
If Smash had come on and made his own thread, I'd be somewhat tempted to agree with you, although announcing new terrain at a resort seems like a fine topic to me. I was not aware of this expansion until this thread and am now very interested in it. As someone who would never spend a dollar to ski Sierra before, I now want to go there and check the terrain out. Worthwhile thread, imo.
The area through the gates at Sierra has always been a favorite. Unfortunately, the best terrain is not through the gates, but a rope duck, but you didn't hear me say so. It has always been advisable to travel with partner, beacon, shovel, probe, and there are significant potential hazards outside the ropes. There is also some very rewarding terrain.
The gate policy has changed over the last 10 years from closed boundary policy, to gates with restricted / no access in moderate avy hazard conditions, to full-time open gates with side-country skiers being advised they are leaving the ski area property. This final move makes the area more like Motts / Killebrew at Heavenly where the area is actively controlled and patrolled, but still expert skiing. Its probably for the best since many snowboarders and skiers were accessing the terrain without any safety gear. Its still an area that requires some local knowledge to get the most out of it. Be advised, look for a sharp left turn before the bottom, to traverse back to East About, or pay the price with a long flat slog in the bottom. The Canyon is not lift served if you miss the traverse.
I disagree that Smash is spamming.
Its a new area that RBC and I wanted to explore, thus the question. Thanks for Smash to give the “official” answers and cirquerider's "Unofficial" answers. That area should be the same as the "Silverado" chair at Squaw Valley. I am not scared of it.
It's not spam - I recall being tempted by the initiative like a guided tour and, in 20112/13, I'm tempted to upgrade my Squaw Bronze to a Squaw/AM./SAT pass.