Keep some backcountry skiing for hikers

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2004

This is addressed to the folks in the Coastal helicopter that buzzed me multiple times while I was skiing out Hilda Creek beyond Eaglecrest on Sunday afternoon. I can't believe that you would waste your time and money flying to something that would only take you about an hour and a half to get to under your own power.

I really appreciate the fact that you didn't get dropped off at the top of what I was climbing to ski, but I still can't understand why you would even bother to fly into that area in the first place. There are so many other places to go that are not so easily accessed by backcountry skiers and snowboarders.

Please try to avoid flying in this area. Eaglecrest is an important jump-off point for backcountry skiers looking to find a quiet place to be - especially in the spring - because it is the quickest and easiest way to access the snow.

One of the great things about this area is that we have the opportunity to charter helicopters, planes and boats to get us to places that we might have a hard time getting to otherwise. Please don't abuse this privilege by flying to places that you simply don't need too.

Mike Bartholow

Fritz Cove



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