Originally Posted by COBillsFan
Honestly, just buddy up with some guys on Challenger and they'll slowly show you the gems.
MJ is all about exploring. You really have to poke around there.
A lost art- riding the singles line in a chairlift to find the guy/gal that will lead you to the goods. Carrying a flask with some quality stuff in it can help with this regard. Try to time your entry into the singles line so you get chairs with the person that has duct tape on some part of their gear, new boots, 2 year old skis that look like they have seen 20 years of use, and 30 year old poles.
If you are at a ski area where you sincerely doubt anybody is going to be willing to share their "secret" stash with you, seriously reconsider where you are skiing. MJ is definitely a place I would expect it easy to find somebody will to help somebody enjoy the place, along with an offer of some herb.
At Wolf Creek, I'm often looking for people I can lead into stashes. I ski alone quite a bit on powder days as my wife is developing and fatigues out faster than me. Skiing 30"+ storm cycles is pretty routine down here, and I would much rather be skiing with some people along- tree wells and avalanches do happen. There is plenty of snow to go around, and the idea that I will ruin my ski experience by showing somebody where to get the best snow/terrain pretty laughable. Even in places where untracked powder is a scarcer resource, you should be able to find plenty of friendly people willing to point you in the right direction.
Which reminds me- Jason, if you make it down to my neck of the woods, I'll be happy to show you around. The new lift install this year will make it a lot easier on your snowboarding clan as well.