A new facebook group: Alaska Backcountry Ski Addiction was created. The group's originator made this post:
"This group is dedicated to all things related to skiiing the great Alaska backcountry, which means generally human powered endeavors... though some times the utilization of fossil fuel combustion must be utilized. Occasional posts about local ski areas are OK, but be forewarned if you post about your awesome heli trips here we will sneak into your garage and set your binding DIN to 3. Pics, vids and cool links welcome and desired, lets just stay focused."
I can't help wondering about implications of the group dedication:
Human powered skiing is good, and driving to the trail head in your all wheel drive gasoline or diesel-fueled rig is ok. Heli is bad. Ski plane trip to Mount Marcus Baker, summit of the Chugach, bad or good? Trip to the Tordrillos, Neocolas, or Talkeetnas - ok if fixed wing, bad if heli? How about getting there by snow machine, bad or good? And what about a boat trip to skin up from and ski down to Prince William Sound? Snowcat? Pistenbully-groomed skate trails, ban those posts? How about posts about traveling by jet to Alaska to ski here - too much fossil fuel combustion? And what about the skiers who live here because they love to ski, but they fly in a fossil-fueled jet to the beach, or to handle business, or to see family; should they be banned along with the fuel-burning, self-indulging, powder-loving, money-spending, economy-stimulating, ever-smiling heliskiers?
Just wondering :)