That's great to see Sugarbowl addressing and condoning skinning. I think they are trying to gain customers from the back country crowd. I have skinned Sugarbowl many times prior to resort opening, but would never consider doing it during the season. Maybe as a first pow run before the lift riders slaughter it! I would expect eventually they will charge for that permit as demand increases and discontinue as dangers increase. Too many people are careless at the resort as it is. Skinning during hours reminds me of climbing a couloir in high avy conditions! I don't expect this trend to catch on.
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:21 am Posts: 47 Location: Truckee
This is not some marketing gimmick. Sugar Bowl has a long history of having the most friendly BC policies and the best BC terrain access of any North Tahoe resort, as well as investing in education and guiding through ASI.
Do you really have to walk? They still sell the one Chair ride, Right?
As far as I know they do.
I used to skin Alpine pre-season, but after a tragic incident last winter, that is no longer allowed. Hats off to Sugar Bowl for making the effort to allow uphill access.
When did this change? Not sure they can stop you pre-season, as it's leased public land and they don't have authority to enforce anything before their operating period. What was the incident, I missed it?
Sad, but could happen to anyone anytime, pre-season or not. Sounds like they can regulate during "pre-season" operations, but not before? Hopefully they will put a policy in place like Sugar Bowl then.