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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Powder Mountain Mass Email

Here is an email sent out Monday from Powder Mountain to season pass holders and others subscribed to their email list.  Surprisingly, the area is the identical area in which Powder Mountain illegally bulldozed a trail last fall THEN asked for permission to close off the public access, all in the name of safety (safety from losing their hiney this year after once again alienating the locals we thinks).

From the email:

Powder Mountain is now offering guided tours in the area known as DMI or Wolf Canyon. Since the resort now has several options for backcountry tours, we thought this would be a good time to remind our guests about Powder Mountain’s ski area boundary policies.

Wolf Canyon/DMI Tours

The Ultimate DMI Tour – A full day tour of Wolf Canyon for 5 - 10 guests led by 2 guides. The ultimate tour takes you to open bowls, chutes, gladed trees and all the powder you can handle. The tour includes lunch, use of avalanche beacon, and a private van shuttle to maximize your vertical for the day. $280 per person. A minimum of 5 guests are required for tour to run.

Backcountry Ski & Skin – This tour of Wolf Canyon offers the challenge of a good climb combined with long, expert powder runs. You bring backcountry skills, stamina and full backcountry gear – AT equipment or split board, skins, beacon, shovel, and probe. We provide one cat ride up Lightning Ridge and all the powder you can handle. Our experienced pros will safely guide you through expert terrain. $300 per tour for 1 to 6 guests, the price is the same. An all area lift pass is also required.

Ski Area Boundary Policy

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in honoring and respecting the ski area boundaries and private property surrounding Powder Mountain Resort. Continuing to do so will help us maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our guests. Failure to do so will result in loss of skiing/riding privileges and possible worse.

A copy of the policy can be found on Powder Mountain’s website.

Season Pass Backcountry Upgrade

A backcountry upgrade season pass of $100 provides the following privileges.

* Ski-in skin-out Wolf Canyon Access
* Limited hiking access to Powder Safari Zones. Upgraded season pass holders must check with the Mountain Adventure Center each time for prior to heading out.
* Stand-by List for Powder Safari and Wolf Canyon/DMI Tours. Guests must pre-pay for a tour to be on the stand-by list. Monies will be returned at the end of the ski season for any tours paid for, but not actually taken.

Powder Safari: $175 Regular Price $350

DMI Tour: $80 Regular Price $280

* Upgraded passes are sold at the Mountain Adventure Center

Freeride Clinic

Every Wednesday night Powder Mountain is offering a “free” two-hour freeride clinic for skiers and boarders. Coaches meet participants in the Sundown Lodge at 5:30 pm. A valid lift pass is required.

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Who will be the first to comment on their recent venture?  Sounds like a bargain to us, and we bet the snow is fabulous although you may want to take your rock skis just in case.  And make sure you have some extra P-Tex too!

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