Originally Posted by twochordcool
I've been watching videos of these guys skiing down INSANE mountains - cliffs, insane vertical, navigating between granite and snow, some causing avalanches because the snow is so deep and on such an incline!
I know your advice:
THESE ARE EXPERTS - DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME BOYS AND GIRLS!
But there has gotta be some great moderate big mountain skiing to be had for us up and comers and mortals, huh?
More snow / less rock, angles and vertical not likely to cause avalanches, where if you fall you are probably going to just land in pillow type snow and laugh it off!
Name those places!
1. I'm thinking the over/under on the number of skis you purchased over the summer is about 6.
2. To answer your question, yes, there is a ton of moderate difficulty, really fun backcountry terrain.
3. There is no blanket safe skiable terrain. Almost anything with enough pitch to be skiable in standard backcountry snow (untracked) can slide and kill under the right conditions. You can also put yourself in a situation where skiing the mild terrain triggers an avalanche release in the wild terrain above you.
4. If you are interested in the backcountry, a good first step is to take an avalanche safety course.
5. It is a really, really, really bad idea to travel somewhere and ski backcountry in unfamiliar terrain. Knowledge of local geography is one of the best tools you have to keep yourself safe. Without knowing the area you are skiing really well, you can't chose alternate routes when the snowpack is dangerous on your planned route, you don't know where lines lead (cliff out? Into more avy danger? 20 miles from the nearest road?) and because you are visiting, you have more of a now-or-never attitude to skiing what you planned to ski that can lead you do bad decisions.
6. If you are really set on doing the backcountry thing, do it with a guide.
7. Because of the above safety issues, most people, myself included, are not going to "Name Places." Taking an avy course in the area you are planning to ski backcountry will give you a lot of information on places to start experiencing the backcountry, and a group of people to get information from. Anything that gets thrown up on a message board can drive you, or the entire rest of the internet, to attempt to ski something that may end up killing them- the information on how to access the terrain should come after the information of how to evaluate whether that terrain is safe on the day you ski it.
I know you are new to the sport, and its obvious that you have a lot of excitement about your new sport (most of which seems to be fixated on purchasing skis). Ski porn is great, and there is a lot of stuff in the backcountry that is accessible to reasonably proficient skiers, but the skillset is very different from inbounds.
If you really want to get a taste, a snowcat operation would be a good start. Off the top of my head, I know these two serve ares that have a good amount of high-intermediate terrain, especially the ski cooper one. Monarch has a bit more technical terrain, but it can be dialed back.