barryxwind Jan 13, 2016
Now with Aspen formally embracing what we have been doing for decades, this is a good time to share a few pointers. For years I have been kicked off the mountain by several New Mexico and Colorado areas for skinning uphill. We don't offer much to their business model. Since enough skiers and boarders are skinning up the slopes the areas are starting to realize it may be a marketable item. Aspen is giving instruction on skin/ ski and you can get in a group led by an instructor. This lends itself well to our x-c / backcountry branch of skiing. Locally Santa Fe and Sandia allow it as long as we keep from being a nuisance. I want to share a few thought on making this a workable relationship.
If when ascending you see a rock or branch on the trail be a good neighbor and throw them off the trail. A little good will goes a long way.
Any suggestions will be helpful and welcome. Lets try to keep a good thing going.
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In my humble [not dog hating] opinion, skinning with a dog while the ski area is open jeopardizes access for everyone. Yes, I’m even including skinning with a dog on a leash while the ski area is open. All it’s going to take is one dog bite of a paying ski area customer to potentially shut down the ski area to ALL skinning.