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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I was just thinking about some of the lesser known areas I could go once it finally snows. What small (in terms of crowds, not acres) areas have the best expert terrain, snow, etc. This is open to both east and west areas.

 

For the East I'll start with Magic, and for the west I'm not sure yet...

post #2 of 12

Ive heard Big Sky is a great un-crowded mountain. Ive never taken the 10 hour drive, but from what ive heard its epic. I would lean towards somewhere farther north than Colorado. Maybe Targhee, or Jackson, or somewhere in the PNW.

post #3 of 12

Well, we're known for our lack of crowds.  Whitefish.  

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

I've been to Jackson (my favorite mountain) and Targhee. Targhee gets my nomination for the west for this thread, though I haven't been to Whitefish, Big Sky...

post #5 of 12

Not a lot of experience here but as I said in my notes, had to wait 10 minutes to get this picture with a skier in it at Lost Trail Powder Mountain

 

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My hole Mont/Idaho TR  to hidden gems is here

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/111464131407795442685/MontIDPowder311?authkey=Gv1sRgCNqlxou4h6r_jAE

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 12

Plattekill in Roxbury, NY. Great terrain, never crowded and is located in a lake effect snow belt.

post #7 of 12

Shames Ski Area in BC. 1600 vert, 500 inches annually and the least crowds i have ever seen at a mountain.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Are any of the places in New Mexico other than Taos any good?

post #9 of 12

i gotta second sibhusky on this one in that out of either 8 or 9 consecutive annual visits to big mountain, whitefish, i can count the days i actually waited in a line on one hand.  There was a powder day line one time i recall and then, due to obscene amounts of snow last year bringing unusually large numbers of guests, presidents day weekend was the busiest i've ever seen it there in all honesty.  And, then, it can be a little crowded on the odd canadian monday holiday.  nonetheless, other than the busy 2 days last february, i've never felt a need to go slower at the bigs than i wanted to.

 

Only thing, i don't think whitefish is as much hidden as it is remote.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Apparently whitefish has awesome conditions right now...

post #11 of 12

Well, we're all hoping this little baby happens.....

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I'll believe it when I see it.  This winter I've lost all faith in the National Weather Service.

post #12 of 12



My god, what have i done?

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Well, we're all hoping this little baby happens.....

make_img.php?wfo=mso&img=1&size=1

 

I'll believe it when I see it.  This winter I've lost all faith in the National Weather Service.



 

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