Originally Posted by JoeUT
I don't know if I have anything new, but for me:
Trees don't have any defined lines and every time is a unique run
Best snow for the longest time
Forces you to really focus and engage the terrain rather than just cruising mindlessly
The only place to be on a really foggy, stormy day, which not coincidentally happens to be some of the best days
Less crowds (not always but often)
^^^^^ All of this, especially what I bolded.
I'm perfectly aware of the added risks entailed, so I hope I don't get flamed much for saying this, but not only do I enjoy tree skiing solo, I vastly prefer it! The sense of peaceful solitude is such that I actually get mildly annoyed whenever I run across someone else in the trees, which is pretty seldom mid-week at my ski area.
Last Tuesday, we had low visibility and hard snowfall all day. I stuck to the trees in our back bowl and saw/heard another person only once the entire day, and it was one of the best days of the season for me! The sensation of gliding through a still and utterly silent forest during a steady snowfall without another soul in sight is the sort of absolute serenity I wish I could take with me to every other aspect of my day-to-day life. Speaking strictly for myself, that's a feeling that's worth the little extra risk.....