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post #31 of 41
I ventured into the trees for the first time the last day I went skiing. I'm not even sure this counts but it was to the right of Big Meadow in Steamboat. Not steep and very open but great fun. It was snowing heavily, had been for days, and the mountain was socked in with fog. I really liked it. The snow was hardly touched, the trees gave some visual relief and everything was well spaced enough to not have to worry so much about hitting something.

Later that day I got stuck in DEEP snow skiing along a ridge and the only way out was down some steeper, tighter trees. I bailed out of that as soon as I could traverse back over to something with a name. What I found was a trail full of waist deep powder with two other sets of tracks.
post #32 of 41
Solitude's Headwall Forest is a pretty exceptional tree face. Pretty steep with lines that include optional air and drops over boulders and small cliffs (I've only take the very most modest of these types of "air" on this run). The Milk Run/Parachute/Cathedral area is also a great mixture of trees, boulders, little chutes between the rocks and trees, etc. I think it is great extreme skiing gtraining ground for those with the desire and skills to ski a continuous line through numerous cruxes. For myself, I am happy to be able to get down one section at a time.

This terrain is especially great on low visibility days and is part of a high percentage of terrain at Solitude that is available for advanced skiers that makes even low visibility days there a pleasure.
post #33 of 41
First: Mt. Bachelor about 1975 or 1976, if you don't count the inadvertant trip into the trees on my first skiing venture in 1972 as a beginner.

Best: The trees anywhere on the Outback Express or Northwest Express chairs at Bachelor. Big trees with big tree wells, kind of makes a skier feel small. And the consequences of hitting one of these mammoths gets the pucker factor up a bit.

post #34 of 41
First time, can't remember, best time, was the last time or everytime. Yesterday a buddy and I were in the trees at Okemo, we spend very little time on trails that are on the map. There was a light crust with about 4" of fresh and still snowing, the biggest snowflakes I've ever seen. It was hard work with the crust but with just the two of us in the woods it was so beautiful. It's not always about how easy it is, this was work, but so much fun.
post #35 of 41

ummmm - Dead Horse Gap is out of bounds... so what do I call it?
I think that is more for the memories of fun with friends though... picnic at end was nice....

(Leatherbarrel this year I hope)
post #36 of 41
Chapelco , Argentina
post #37 of 41
First - A-Basin 40+ years ago.

Best - Soards Creek/Monashees.

[ March 04, 2003, 07:45 PM: Message edited by: PowderJunkie ]
post #38 of 41
First skied trees at the local hill, Boyce Park. Boyce towers 124 vertical feet above an Allegheny County Park. As a teen I would zig-zag in and around the evergreens planted between the two main slopes, It was not a real glade, just a new challenge.

My first real glade experience came in my early 30s at Stowe in Slalom or Nosedive Glades. Local friends took me in and I never had so much fun on skis. Even though the drop is a fraction of Stowe's total, every ride in was a new line and a new adventure.

As for the best that I've skied, Jay Peak and Stowe in the East. I would give the nod to Jay because they are easier to find. Stowe's are in better condition because most of them are not marked.

I've not skied out West often enough to pick a best but at the Academy at Brighton I skied some nice trees around Hard Coin and Sawbuck, In fact I poked around the trees all over the mountain. The Gathering at Alta also gave me the opportunity to do some exploring.

Tree runs on all mountains are always the best runs. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #39 of 41
First time: Killington VT 1978

good times since then:

Big Mtn MT
Fernie BC
Snowbowl MT
Lost Trail MT
Grand Targhee WY
Alta UT
post #40 of 41
I should not say this, oh no oh no okay

moon walk woods at jay peak [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img]
post #41 of 41
Those advanced skiers who learn to ski powder quickly learn that it is at hard to reach often unseen from trail places, forest, and rocky areas that powder last longest. Of course the powder in forest areas is often the last to go because the threat of running into trees is in the minds of the less skilled. And due to the protection from winds and sun is often the lightest.

When I learned to ski powder, I had already in my first two or three years of modest skiing developed an active dynamic fall line technique. The change was the result of buying some skis that made powder skiing possible. In that case during the early 80s, some Sundance's which were Hexcel's widest lightest aluminum honeycomb skis. I took a trip to Mammoth and one morning after a good dump went out to chair 12 which is a short chair to the low ridge neglected by most skiers. From there I traversed into small White Bark Bowl and experimented with bouncing techniques, covering it with just my tracks. I'd already made the connection between forest and powder because I had fancied myself as a skier that would for a break explore into out of the way forest places at any resorts I visited. The second characteristic of my skiing that lended itself to skiing near wood was that from my first couple seasons, I developed an orientation to amuse myself by often skiing right at the close edge of trails where one gets used to objects whizzing by. And the third skill that complemented tree skiing later was that I became addicted to the pin ball sensations of mogul skiing which requires quick reactions and control from turn to turn from visual feedback.

Some of the best potential gladed powder slopes I have visited were in Colorado and I have seen images of others in the northern Rockies which show there are some resorts with terrific long gladed runs. Unfortunately there were not any good dumps on of my trips out there, just the more common 4-8 inch snows. Anyone that skis powder well knows that there is a tremendous difference between that and 15 plus inches of fresh cold powder.

Here in Tahoe I have skied most resorts forest areas and as others have said, Heavenly has the best tree skiing here. I skied an epic 4+ foot dump of the decade of cold dry snow one day there, getting many first tracks in big trees through Powder Bowl, the stunted trees off Ellie's Swing road, before cleaning up in the lodgepoles next to Olympic and huge red firs about North Bowl. I'm looking forward to scratching up against a lot more firs. -dave
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