We went looking for powder today, and as it was very windy, found more than a few stashes in the trees. Seventeen Glades had lots of deep powder and Spaulding Glade was very nice. Watch for tree stumps and logs though! Cache Glades (at the bottom of Hallelujah bowl) is known for powder but it is steeper and the trees are tighter. The snow in the bowls was wind packed and not as easy to ski today, but we did manage to carve up Spaulding. I didn’t get over to Union Peak, although Southern Star is always a great spot for powder. Oops, I keep forgetting, they changed its wonderful name and renamed it Buzzard’s Alley, a terrible name for a great run. Retreat and Golddigger, on the back side of S lift, and A-chute, a little further west, are good places to find powder, but you have to do it early, before The Over the Hill Gang gets in there and skis it all out!
The Snow Cats run up to Tucker Mountain when the conditions are suitable, and if you are an expert skier, it is a wonderful place to play. To get there you go into Copper bowl and meet the Cat at the bottom of the bowl. Once they drop you off, there is still a little hiking to do, but the effort is worth it.
If you are not so adventurous, you can often find nice powder, even at the end of the day, on Hidden Vein, a short little run between Union Creek and the Center Village, and along the edges of all the green runs going down to Union Creek. The beginning skiers tend to stay in the middle of the runs and leave it for us! Foul Play, a short run off Fairplay, is also a quick little powder shot.
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