Originally Posted by JohnL
But a Wednesday/Thursday storm that gets tracked out at AltaBird Friday is the classic scenario to go to Powder Mt. Saturday.
Pow Mow is no longer undiscovered. It gets a lot more traffic during/immediately after powder dumps than it did 5-10 years ago. The steeper lines (which are the best lines since as you've said it's not a super steep area) get skied out surprisingly quickly. Hiking will get you more untracked a bit longer.
If the snow doesn't degrade, it is a good bet for lower angle shortish untracked runs several days after a storm.
Paradise Lift serves some nice terrain, but it is rocky. I wonder what the cover is like right now on it?
Got my first tour of PowMow from @mikebike on Monday. Cover is very thin compared to what he's seen other seasons. But he felt that even 5-8 inches would be enough to refresh the trees so no worries there. There was tips of brush showing in small spots even on groomers.
Given that PowMow has 7000 acres, compared to 2000 acres at Alta, still more likely to feel uncrowded on a Saturday after/during a powder storm.
For those who haven't seen the PowMow road . . . 16% grade with a speed limit of 15 mph in the curvier sections, no guard rail. Do not try to do the drive on snow without 4x4 and some snow driving experience! Take the bus.
There are three parking lots. Pass up the one for the ski school area, just before a hairpin turn. The main lot is where the yurt for the guide starts. The upper lot at the top of the Hidden Valley lift requires driving on a dirt road.