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Let’s not be selfish about powder stashes

Kevin Wood’s Dec. 22 letter about Colorado Wild and the Peak 8 Summit Lift was well written and worth reading as was Marc Carlisle’s Dec. 23 column about that lift.I’ll throw into that mix the whiners who want the upper part of Peaks 6, 7 and 8 for themselves and use every excuse in the world to keep it for themselves. I am a hiker, alpine, cross country and telemark skier. I also am very proactive about doing things that help the environment. More than anything in Summit County (and beyond), I appreciate the virtually endless expanses of backcounty that I can experience. I usually go where it is not crowded when hiking and skiing.Because my knees are deteriorating significantly, that means that skiing downhill does not include much hiking anymore, so I go to resorts. I would love to use the Summit Lift and ski the parts of Peaks 7 and 8 that I have only yearned for (although I have hiked up part of the way). I also can live without it. If it happens, I guarantee I’ll be able to ski down either peak upright.I also believe that those areas will not be “inundated.” How many double diamonds are inundated now? That argument holds about as much water as the snowshoer/Nordic skier/hiker/snowmobiler complaints that “they ruined our tracks.”That also has never bothered me, and if it did I’d go somewhere else.Keep your powder stashes a secret if you want (I do), but don’t begrudge others the chance to experience the awesomeness of the mountains. There is plenty to go around.


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