Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Bunny Flat Winter Access in Serious Jeopardy
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  • #577059
    shasta
    143 Posts

    Local news is access to Bunny Flat will be gone next winter:

    http://www.mtshastanews.com/top_stories/x1049598524/Budget-cuts-may-lead-to-unplowed-Everitt-Memorial-Hwy

    4 of 5 Supervisors on the board think ranching is the only economic engine in the county and likely will vote that way. Any public input that opens their eyes to the fact that Bunny Flat access brings in tourism will help. Please send a note to these 4 supes that need enlightenment:

    1) Jim Cook=jimcook@snowcrest.net

    2) Michael Kobseff=mkobseff@co.siskiyou.ca.us

    3) Grace Bennett=gbennett@co.siskiyou.ca.us

    4) Marcia Armstrong=marmstrong@co.siskiyou.ca.us

    I’m not a totally wired guy like many who visit here so if anyone wants to cross post this on any other sites feel free.

    Thanks,

    Andy Marx

    P.S. I really want a sled but don’t want this to be the reason I have to get one.

    #657374
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    Raise some funds and get your town the biggest baddest plow the world has ever seen!! I’ve seen a lifted subaru this summer, now lets see a splitboard super-mod plow truck! :rock:

    #657375
    shasta
    143 Posts

    Buying a plow is one option I’ve heard. A toll for the road or parking fees at Bunny Flat might fund it. Bitch is you also need a rotary blower$$ because a plow cant deal with the snow amounts and wind drifts up there. Some dedicated system to clear Everitt would be great as many times in winter after a big dump it takes days or weeks to open Everitt. With no funding source right now Winter 2012-13 is off the table if the county quits clearing the road.

    If this happens Bunny will be inaccessible until well into Spring: no more Trinity Chutes, Casaval shots, Avy Gulch corn, Giddy, Powder Bowl, Sun Bowl or Ski Bowl snowmobile runs: you get the drift. 😥

    An onslaught of input from those who rely on Bunny for fun is the best way to make the politicians realize they need to keep the road open.

    #657376
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    I’m an east coaster so the most intense we get is just a really big plow. I can imagine the kind of equipment you’re talking ain’t cheap! I wish you the best of luck as I’ve read of bunny flat here on SB. Good luck and stick it to the man!

    #657377
    silver
    167 Posts

    I sent the above supes a note explaining that I go to Shasta a couple times a year and spend money there from out of town. And that I won’t if that road isn’t open.

    #657378
    shasta
    143 Posts

    Awesome Silver: Shasta access is too precious to give up without a fight!

    #657379
    schedler
    46 Posts

    That would really suck. I just sent a similar letter.

    #657380
    jibmaster
    446 Posts

    Sounds like a business opportunity for you shasta. Get that sled and charge a minimal ski-bum fee for towing folks up the road…

    #657381
    ShastaG
    4 Posts

    Thanks Andy, this is too important to not spread the word. Maybe we should ask those supes why they are funding a campaign to fight the Klamath dam removal project?? So far $.5M of public funds wasted by an unnecessary lawsuit over an issue that the public supports…The county budget to plow the road is 125 grand, a drop in the bucket compared to the economic benefit that it brings to Siskiyou County, not to mention the reason many of us chose to live and visit here…

    And btw, freshies today, powder riding in late June!

    #657382
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    Question: are most of the economic benefits of mountain access conferred to the city, over other parts of the county? I typically only spend money in Tehama Cty or Shasta City itself when I’m out there (not very often), and I wonder how it is for other visitors. Is this one of those “people in Yreka don’t care about Shasta” kind of things?

    For the County to not issue a bond and get the necessary capex, O&M, and administrative expenses to keep the road access funded is stupid – that road accesses the single most iconic landmark in the county, let alone within 150 miles in any direction.

    Lemme see if I can write these thoughts more clearly to the supes.

    #657383
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    letter written, thanks for raising the issue, Shasta.

    #657384
    shasta
    143 Posts

    Thanks for the emails, keep them coming. :clap:

    Schralph I’m sure many like yourself only spend $ in Mt. Shasta City while visiting the mountain but those dollars benefit the county several times over. Between sales tax, hotel tax, keeping shops open (who doesn’t hit the Goat for a bubbly refreshment :guinness: after a climb), Shasta G hiring guides who live and spend $ here…the ripple effect from Everitt Memorial is huge and the powers that be will only know that if they get a pile of letters.

    Aside from the $ issue is the fact that winter/early spring Bunny Flat access is a stoke factory we can’t afford to lose without a fight!

    #657385
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    @shasta wrote:

    Thanks for the emails, keep them coming. :clap:

    Schralph I’m sure many like yourself only spend $ in Mt. Shasta City while visiting the mountain but those dollars benefit the county several times over. Between sales tax, hotel tax, keeping shops open (who doesn’t hit the Goat for a bubbly refreshment :guinness: after a climb), Shasta G hiring guides who live and spend $ here…the ripple effect from Everitt Memorial is huge and the powers that be will only know that if they get a pile of letters.

    Yeah apart from the economic effects, I mentioned that the county defunding access via the road is like Mariposa county defunding access to Yosemite. Mount Shasta is the single most iconic figure in Siskiyou County and limiting access would be stupid and disastrous. NFS climbing records can determine the minimum number of tourists that would be affected by this proposal … why hasn’t someone asked to look at their records yet to even get an idea of what is on the table here?

    I already got a response from one of the county supes this morning. According to him the issue is linked to re-approval of SRS, which I’m not sure I agree with. However, he did ask me to bitch to Jerry Brown’s office about their proposal to remove plows from Caltrans inventory, which sounds like complete nonsense to me.

    #657386
    shasta
    143 Posts

    Any response is good, even if its dipped in B.S.: CalTrans only plows the highways (I5, 89…) as far as I know. SRS is a funding issue but the bigger problem is, as Shasta G observed, the funds spent on litigation to preserve ancient dams that provide no real benefit to the county.

    15,000 average # of summit bids a year. The number does not include day trips where no summit pass is purchased. I’m sure I’m alone on this but there are a few outlaws who end up above 10k on a day trip without purchasing a pass :thumpsup:

    Thanks again for the support. Good to hear you hit up Brewer I was tempted that weekend but the warm temps sent me to the lake instead.

    #657387
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    @shasta wrote:

    Any response is good, even if its dipped in B.S.: CalTrans only plows the highways (I5, 89…) as far as I know. SRS is a funding issue but the bigger problem is, as Shasta G observed, the funds spent on litigation to preserve ancient dams that provide no real benefit to the county.

    15,000 average # of summit bids a year. The number does not include day trips where no summit pass is purchased. I’m sure I’m alone on this but there are a few outlaws who end up above 10k on a day trip without purchasing a pass :thumpsup:

    Thanks again for the support. Good to hear you hit up Brewer I was tempted that weekend but the warm temps sent me to the lake instead.

    The supe mentioned that Jerry Brown is asking Caltrans to defund plowing – don’t know if that is for specific regions or not or statewide. I asked him to forward me more specific information so that I could follow up with my state senate and assembly reps (Sen. Hancock and Assy. Swanson).

    As far as # of summit bids, they can see from Nov through mid-July exactly how many are launching from Bunny or the ski resort and take that as a bare minimum number and inflate it by a multiplier (let’s say 1.5) to estimate day trippers. It’s not that hard to take 1 day and send an intern down with MS Excel to go through the records and come up with an estimate.

    Temps were warm on 6/16-18 and riding was decent, not epic, not bad. Such an easy fast walk to get to snow, and such a straight shot up the mountain, from Brewer. So much more direct than Avy Gulch or West Face!

    #657388
    schedler
    46 Posts

    Things are getting wild up in Norcal, any update on this?

    #657389
    schedler
    46 Posts

    via twitter:

    Chris Carr‏@shastaguides:
    County Supes approved budget authority for plowing the Everett and Castle Lake access roads. Big ups for human powered recreation!

    #657390
    iriecoyote
    291 Posts

    @schedler wrote:

    via twitter:

    Chris Carr‏@shastaguides:
    County Supes approved budget authority for plowing the Everett and Castle Lake access roads. Big ups for human powered recreation!

    addendum: Big ups for human powered recreation facilitated by heavy machinery!

    haha, just breaking yer balls. Happy to hear the roads will be open this season.

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