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Hidden Trails and Secret Runs

post #1 of 27
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After skiing my current home resort for two years, I suddenly discovered a hidden run that no one else seems to know about. It's like my own private run, even on powder days I can make fresh tracks late into the afternoon.

 

I wondered if others out there have runs that the general public don't seem to know about. Areas of the resort that seem to be private membership only.

Secret groves known only to the select few.

Hidden trails for local only?

post #2 of 27
Thread Starter 

Here's mine.

 

My home resort has eight hundred acres spread out over three peaks and sixty five runs serviced by ten lifts. There is one lift that has been shut down for a few seasons that services a long green groomer. Most folks take another lift and traverse accross if they want to use it. If you walk a hundred yards to the top of the old lift there is a trail that goes off into the woods. It's named on the trail map but the physical sign has been taken down, perhaps not by accident. The trail winds between the tress and steps down the mountain until it links back up with the groomer. I only worked out where it was by seeing random skiers appear out of the woods.

 

Only a handful of skiers seem to know f it's existence and use the trail. It keeps it's powder for days and seems immune to slush and ice, perhaps because of it's exposure. It's nothing special, just a blue with some turns and drops in the woods, but I am usually the only one on it and it feels like it's reserved just for me. I hope that lift stays closed for a few season more.

post #3 of 27
All the ones I know about are in my locals' guide. But many little stashes are tough to explain how to get to unless you already know where you're going. And others aren't deemed by people as worth the effort. Which is one of the reasons I'm not happy about the expansion at my resort, it'll make a couple little groves easier to get to.
post #4 of 27

The more I learn about the boat, the more I learn that its really about discovering where the stashes are.  Just take a trail map and start looking where the trails aren't. On the last day of the season I "found" a great new section thanks to beetle mitigation that I can wait to hit this season. 

post #5 of 27

Study the trail map.  Befriend a few locals!  Observe where the better local skiers go.  Watch for tracks that seem to go off the trails and into the woods.  

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Study the trail map.  Befriend a few locals!  Observe where the better local skiers go.  Watch for tracks that seem to go off the trails and into the woods.  
And you'll surprise a guy with his pants open.
post #7 of 27
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Study the trail map.  Befriend a few locals!  Observe where the better local skiers go.  Watch for tracks that seem to go off the trails and into the woods.  

 

 

just don't try this at Jackson! 

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just don't try this at Jackson! 

 

Well, go ahead and try it; just ski very slowly... 

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Well, go ahead and try it; just ski very slowly... 

one cliff out can ruin your whole day....

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one cliff out can ruin your whole day....

or season !

 

 

or worse...

post #11 of 27
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one cliff out can ruin your whole day....

 

 

Or more likely,  SAR's night.

post #12 of 27
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Or more likely,  SAR's night.

 

gotta bro' me in on this......

post #13 of 27
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And you'll surprise a guy with his pants open.

Or interrupt a safety meeting

post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post
 

Study the trail map.  Befriend a few locals!  Observe where the better local skiers go.  Watch for tracks that seem to go off the trails and into the woods.  

 

 

just don't try this at Jackson! 


Don't try it at Baker, either.  Same possible results.

post #15 of 27

Mid week, just ride the Burfield Chair at Sun Peaks.

post #16 of 27

they are for anyone that can find them, local ski there the most.

 

I have heard skiing stowe with me described as Mister toads wild ride.  to be honest I still learn new things about stowe all the time, even though I consider myself one of the most knowledgeable people to get around the place.

post #17 of 27
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SAR's night

 

gotta bro' me in on this......

SAR= Search and Rescue, the volunteers who have to go find stupid people who blindly wander into the wilderness and then panic.

post #18 of 27
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SAR= Search and Rescue, the volunteers who have to go find stupid people who blindly wander into the wilderness and then panic.

duhh, thanks. Brain fart.   yes.....  Thumbs Up

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[snip]... even though I consider myself one of the most knowledgeable people to get around the place.

Even if you say so yourself.

post #21 of 27
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I guess if everyone shared their local knowledge, there wouldn't be any secret runs anymore for us to enjoy.

post #22 of 27

This thread sounds just like a sharing/figuring out a fishing hole.  I'm in familiar company.... ;-)

post #23 of 27

I like the "fishing hole" comment by plai.  When it comes to being specific about where these stashes are, nobody on this thread is divulging very much info.

 

At my home resort of Bogus Basin, a lot of the "secret runs" are in plain site.  It is just that they may have some gnarly brush entries, rock "shark fins" poking up, or ugly choke points and so 99% of skiers/riders will look in, but just keep on going.

 

Another thing I've noticed, as with fishing is that if you are willing to hike even for a few minutes, (whether in-bounds or out a side gate), you eliminate the vast majority of the populace.  :D  (BTW, the hiking deterrent doesn't seem to apply to places like JH).

post #24 of 27

Not a lot of hidden trails and secret runs on my home mountain, Bogus Basin. It's a local mountain rather than a destination resort that sells lots of bargain season passes. Most of the skiers on any given day are very familiar with the mountain. I gave up early on at trying to outsmart the other locals on getting to the secret stashes. The plan now is to get to the mountain early and enjoy the freshies while they last. Now days most of my first of day efforts go to quickly figuring out which aspect of the mountain has the best snow.

 

One thing I've discovered is that after about two hours many of the supposed secret stashes are more skied out than some areas in plain sight. I usually lap the edges of one run in particular that is overlooked by those looking for the secret stashes. Not saying what run that is...


Edited by lifer - 10/24/13 at 8:10pm
post #25 of 27

The first rule of Fight Club is...

post #26 of 27

Monarch has a few, and they aren't of the type that somebody is going to be upset with me for sharing their "stash," so...

 

 

1. See the cut run that is not named just lookers right of Tumbelina lift? Its the old lift line for the Poma. It hides out unless you are looking for it, and is a narrow (about 12 feet wide) intermediate run. I'm not aware of any local names for it, I thi9nk most people just call it the Poma line.

 

2. One pretty much every little kid knows is Pinball. At the intersection of Turbo and Sleepy Hollow, follow the gully into the woods. It gets a lot of traffic, so you will probably see people queuing up here. It is a luge track type run that takes you over many treefalls and rocks- great fun for a kid skiing 130 CM skis. the run ends at the base of Mirage.

 

I guess at Wolf Creek I would call the numbers chutes hidden runs, and then there are marked runs that never really get traffic, like Sleeping Beauty.

post #27 of 27

Yeah, my home area has TONS of secret stashes. They're awesome, and you can find untracked powder there many days after a storm. And that's all I have to say about that.

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