Originally Posted by ATskier
Let's start a thread where we share our secrets. Unfortunately, I see that many ski areas now mark the good woods skiing locations on their trail maps. We ought to make this small group a tight one. Where are the hidden stashes of snow in Vermont and N.H.?
I'm kind of confused. You want to share secrets online but you're annoyed that ski areas are now marking some of those same types of areas on their trail maps.
Somehow, your post seems illogical.
The whole question is an interesting one philosophically. Any recreation that "uses" a scarce resource or for which crowding reduces the enjoyment significantly is subject to the same debate. I love to flyfish and you wouldn't believe how angry some fishermen get when others disclose directions to "special" fishing spots. Powder is a scarce resource, so some people are extremely territorial about anyone who gives out the keys to the kingdom.
When Andrew McLean published "Chuting Gallery - A Guide to Steep Skiing in the Wasatch" there were a whole lot of people who were p*ssed as hell that he was giving out directions to some of the more "interesting" places to backcountry ski in Utah. Same with every other backcountry ski guide that gets published. Personally, I love ski guides and gobble 'em up like candy.
Some climbers tend to be the same way with certain routes and locations.
Personally, I'm nowhere near as paranoically opposed as some to telling people where good inbounds skiing might be found. My experience at Jackson Hole and Snowbird (the two resorts where I've skied the most) tells me that everything inbounds gets hit hard anymore, so I'm fine with helping visitors find some of the spots that are more fun. If I want seclusion and untracked powder, I have a few dozen backcountry places I can go and few zillion others I haven't tried yet.
So, after all of that, some of the most fun tree skiing at Jackson Hole is...
between Sleeping Indian run on Casper and Werner run on Apres Vous, and to either side of Grand run. At Snowbird, look for Blackjack and Lone Tree.
That's my contribution. If the hordes muck up those areas, there's lots and lots more on these mountains.