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NW Skier, Vol. 24, No. 1 - Ski mountaineering gear

Published: 09/01/81 Topics: Comments: -

Northwest Skier, 1980

Mar 17, 1980, p. 3: Advertisement: Telemark Clinic

An ad for Nordic Mountain Ski School offers three days of instruction with instructors Steve Barnett, Van Brinkerhoff and John Fuller on May 24-26 at the Mt Hood ski area.

Sept, 1980, p. 1: Alden, Grant, "A sad story..." *

In the mid-1960s, Patrick Parrish and his wife bought land at the bottom of Flattop Mountain, which is on state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land near Trout Lake, south of Mt Adams. They built a rope tow and ran it for a few years, then convinced DNR that it would be better to use the whole mountain as a ski area. They signed a 55-year lease with DNR in 1972. Parrish's long-term goal was to build several chairlifts on the top of the mountain, opening over 1,000 feet of varied terrain. In August 1979, the lease was abruptly cancelled by DNR. This article describes Parrish's struggle with the bureaucracy.

Northwest Skier, 1981

July, 1981, p. 7: "Wilderness Act Boundary Threatens Crystal Mountain Expansion" *

This full-page advertisement was paid for by the "We Favor Multiple-Use of the National Forest" committee, Ed Nowak chairman. It argues against including Morse Creek in the proposed Cougar Lakes wilderness area. Most of the text was written by Ward Meeks. The following three pages are an advertisement for Eagleslair, a resort development proposed by Ward Meeks for the land between Crystal Mountain and Morse Creek. Eagleslair would include a high-rise hotel-condominium constructed on the summit of Pickhandle Point with a gondola leading to it from the Crystal Mountain base area. Another lift would run horizontally east along the ridge and a third lift would descend from its end to U.S. 410 along the American River, the future site of Frontier-town, a resort village where the "clock will be stopped in 1899." These lifts would link together private land holdings. Also planned is a large lake and an 18-hole golf course in Morse Creek.

Sept, 1981, p. 9: Sanford, Eric, "The best ski mountaineering gear" *

Highlights: Alpine touring gear is heavier, more durable and better for steep terrain. Nordic touring gear is lighter, more comfortable and better for walking and long tours with variable terrain. For alpine touring, Vibram soled plastic buckle boots are available from Kastinger and San Marco, but regular leather or plastic mountaineering boots can be used instead. Many companies say that all-leather boots for nordic mountain touring will be phased out over the next few years. Asolo and Kastinger currently lead the market with leather double and single boots. For alpine touring, Silvretta cable bindings and Ramer bindings are mentioned. Nordic touring relies on three-pin bindings, "the heavier, stronger a model you can find, the better off you will be." Either a heel locator or a full-length plastic plate that clamps onto the boot heel is recommended. For nordic touring, several companies make good mountaineering skis "which are actually beefed up X-C skis," with metal edges, good sidecut, and either single or double-camber.

Northwest Skier, 1985

Feb, 1985, p. 9: Photo: "It's much better than I imagined..."

Terrain adjacent to Hogback Mountain near White Pass was released from the Goat Rocks Wilderness in the summer of 1984. "I am really looking forward to developing the Miriam Creek Basin," said Keven McCarthy, White Pass ski area manager.
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