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Ski Touring in US Resorts?

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I'm in NW US/CA for 4 weeks in Jan/Feb; Utah, Seattle, Revelstoke to name a few places and debating if we should bring our touring gear. We won't have the room/capacity for our avalanche gear so we were wondering if touring on ski slopes in the resorts (e.g Snowqualmie in Seattle) is accepted?

We have done a bit in Europe on slopes and way-marked ski touring trails but haven't been able to find much info on it for US/CA without going backcountry.
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There are lots of off piste routes they call it back country skiing where uphill skiing is involved.

SLC is a good base

See http://wbskiing.com/ for more
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@TQA, But, avalanche gear recommended or in some cases even required (if accessing through gates from a resort) for back country skiing in North America. I don't follow not having capacity to bring avalanche gear. I transceiver, probe and shovel don't take up much space.

I wouldn't bother with bringing tour gear unless you are going to bring your avy kit.
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shredder, I'd check with the ski areas first, try emailing them, as a lot of areas don't allow uphill traffic for obvious reasons, during the season, or its very limited.
However if you just mean to use it for traverses etc. to get to decent places within the ski area, to save on hiking up - you'll be fine Madeye-Smiley
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TQA wrote:
There are lots of off piste routes they call it back country skiing where uphill skiing is involved.

SLC is a good base

See http://wbskiing.com/ for more


Great link thanks, will use with caution Toofy Grin
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mr. mike wrote:
@TQA, But, avalanche gear recommended or in some cases even required (if accessing through gates from a resort) for back country skiing in North America. I don't follow not having capacity to bring avalanche gear. I transceiver, probe and shovel don't take up much space.

I wouldn't bother with bringing tour gear unless you are going to bring your avy kit.


Prefer to go with Avi kit including airbag, we simply don't have room for two airbags along with the basic gear
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Bones wrote:
shredder, I'd check with the ski areas first, try emailing them, as a lot of areas don't allow uphill traffic for obvious reasons, during the season, or its very limited.
However if you just mean to use it for traverses etc. to get to decent places within the ski area, to save on hiking up - you'll be fine Madeye-Smiley


Cool thanks Bones, uphill traffic is a great term for it and exactly what I was looking for. Will email a handful of resorts that's on our route. Looking for a fuller traverse from bottom/mid to top station in avalanche controlled areas snowHead
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
oh, I got it now. You are considering touring because you want to get some exercise and/or save some money, not to "access the goods". I overlooked this part: "touring on ski slopes in the resorts".

Bones, has got it then. Varies from place to place.
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OK I have just been talking to my friend in UTAH who does a lot of back country skiing skinning up in the Cottonwood canyons mostly and he says very few resorts will allow you to skin up i the resort area unless you have a lift ticket and some ban it completely.

Here is a site which tells you about the different resorts.https://backcountrymagazine.com/uphill-travel-guide-resort-skinning-policies/

NB Snowbasin in Utah does allow sans ticket I think.
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If you are at resort that scans only at lower lifts then uphill traffic is largely discouraged or outright banned in operating hours. Places or zones of the area where the only option is to return to a scanned lift may be much more relaxed IME e.g. Arrowhead at Beaver Creek is a standard morning or evening workout for locals.
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