I think this idea that trees "out west" are widely spaced is a heck of a generalization. Maybe in Colorado, but here, where we do extensive tree skiing to escape our fog, you can have your pick of widely spaced trees or ... Tweener or Area 51 or Back Nine. None of which I would never attempt. I know people who DO ski them, but frankly if the trees are that tight, I don't want the steepness that these supply. I'd rather stick to flatter stuff for dense trees, even if in involves bushwhacking. The trees on the backside of our resort provide a nice in-between spacing and a variety of pitches to let you work your way into tree skiing.
I didn't do much updating of the Local's Guide this winter, but have identified about 100 pictures to add to the site, including some "new" areas, so will start working on that next week. But my point is that the learning tree skier can find all pitches and densities here to move up in difficulty as they progress. There are areas where a machete might be needed, but in all likelihood before that happens, you'll fall in a tree well, because our dense areas breed those like crazy.
sorry sib given an all expense paid trip to montana Id come check it out. But honestly those trees are widely spaced. Not to mention there is no undergrowth.....
That depends on when you arrive. The small stuff is swallowed up as the season progresses. When you've got six feet of snow (and we're at this point melted down to 8 feet from 10 feet a couple weeks back), there's plenty under that snow that was not covered in early January. I don't have pictures of stuff that's so tight because you can't take a picture of just branches. And personally, I like to go from open area to open area, but in PMS, for instance you could decide to go through the dense area of you wanted to. I think the earlier point was can you see a ROUTE through the trees. Clearly, with evergreens you cannot.
Edited by sibhusky - 4/5/13 at 2:12pm