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If He Doesn't Exist
in Reality, He Sure
Does Exist at
Several Ski Areas
in the Northwest!
by Emilio Trampuz
NWSCC
Bigfoot visits Mission Ridge Ski Area in
Washington. Like surrounding trees, the
statue freezes up and has become a huge
attraction. Harry Scribner poses with
the Bigfoot snow ghost! photo / Lisa Scribner
There is a long-standing belief that some
sort of ape-lile creature lives in the forests of
the Northwest. They call it Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
I haven't spoken to the Mission Ridge
people directly about the addition of Bigfoot to
their slopes, but my understanding is that this
is just a bit of a humor, just a visual attraction.
There has been no proof that such a creature
really exists. There is only a very short
video (a few seconds) from some 40 or 50
years ago that supposedly captured Bigfoot
walking away from the camera. But that could have been an elaborate hoax, since nothing
like that has ever been recorded again since then. The only other " proof " I've seen or heard
about is when people go to the forests and come back with some footage of hearing some
strange sounds in the distance, or maybe something that looks like a large footprint, or maybe
they find some hair that they think might belong to Bigfoot.
But there is not much food in these forests to sustain a large creature like that, and it
would also be very difficult for a large creature to be hidden from view for so many decades.
So, I believe it's mainly a fanciful legend.
However, several ski areas in the region have been having some fun with this legend.
For example:
1. Sasquatch Ski Area in British Columbia was known as " Hemlock Valley Ski Area " ,
but has been renamed " Sasquatch " and one of the trails is called " Bigfoot " . They also have
a very large wood carving representing Bigfoot at the base area. It looks like this:
Do Your Part
to Become an
Eco-Friendly
Skier
We've ditched our plastic water bottles,
we appreciate the use of reusable dishes and
utensils in our ski lodges and cafeterias, and we
are carpooling to the slopes more and more.
What else can we do?
Have you thought about your ski gear?
What do you do with your old skis or those
boots that hurt your feet? What about those
ski outfits that are outdated, don't fit anymore,
or just don't excite you anymore? Equipment
doesn't decompose, and old fabric is generally
burned which creates more toxic emissions.
Simple recycling will do the trick. Consider donating
your old gear and clothing to an adaptive
ski program or to a youth program. If
you're really ambitious, you might even consider
selling your used gear at a ski swap or
consignment store.
Skis get dirty over the course of a ski season,
and they do need to be cleaned. There are
many products on the market to do just that,
but have you thought about what's in those
products, and what effect they might have on
our environment? Switching to green cleaning
practices is easy to do and far better for your
health and the health of the planet. Simply
washing your skis with a mild, non-toxic soap
and water will clean up the dirt and debris
buildup.
Left: Sasquatch Ski Area, B.C. Right: Turner Mountain, Montana. photos / Emilio Trampuz
2. Turner Mountain, Montana, has installed a large image of a Bigfoot near the top of
the hill, where skiers can see it. This one looks dangerous and scary, but it is basically a 2dimensional
cut-out.
3. Mission Ridge Ski Area (in Washington State) has added a statue of Bigfoot just a
few years ago, near the top of the mountain. The location is windy and the snow around
trees often freezes up creating what they call " snow-ghosts " (when the tree is completely encased
in snow and ice). In this case, our Bigfoot (who is normally brown and hairy), has
been covered with snow and ice, so he looks more like a Himalayan Yeti. ss
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Our skis do need wax. It's essential for
both protection of the skis and as a lubricant
to help us glide smoothly down the slopes and
into those lift lines. Unfortunately, ski wax is
usually fluorinated, which is not good for our
health. Consider choosing a safe, non-toxic,
low-fluorocarbon, high hydrocarbon wax. It
will still be a high-performance wax that will
glide you smoothly down the slopes, but it will
also be an eco-friendly product that is far
better for your health and the health of our
planet. ss
Maintaining the Forests
Around a Ski Resort is a
Year Around Endeavor...

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