Well, I got to make some turns up at Deer Valley, and I have to say that after today, I have fallen in love with the place all over again. Deer Valley offers a veritable pantheon of great skiing. From the long and steep groomers, to the great beginner terrain, there is something for everyone. If you are lucky, you might even bump into Stein Erickson like me and mi amigo did today...
One of the secrets though, is the tree skiing... The acres and acres of tree skiing. Glades, tightly packed, aspens, pines, they are all there and open to your tight turns. When we started, we cruised over to the Perseverence Bowl, this is on the 9,400' Bald Mountain. People like to jump over the edge at the first chance they get, instead cruise down the shoulder looking for the trees. You get about 400 feet of untouched, untracked powder before jumping into the trees. We were still cutting fresh new tracks late into the afternoon on this little gem. As you make your way through the tall pines, take a minute to soak in the surreal beauty, and then look forward to the the next 5-10 faceshots that you are going to get.
If you want something new to look at, and want to trade pines for aspens, cross over to the Lady Morgan bowl, on the other side of this world class resort. Head up Empire Express, and then ride the north shoulder, following the signs over towards the Lady Morgan Bowl. On the top of the ridge, follow it past all of the tracks, keeping your eyes on the untracked lines that lie just beyond some trees. Once again, tree/powder bliss. If you are lucky, you will see the little booter that was built sometime this summer. My buddy Josh that I rode with hit it a couple times in the following video, even going inverted, inbounds... Don't tell ski patrol. :)
After riding all day, there was still tons of powder. We didn't even
make it over to the Lady Morgan Express lift, or the Daly Bowl/Chutes.
Bottom line, if you are looking for powder, cruise up to Deer Valley.
It might be your favorite day of the year.
Deer Valley -Powder Day from Jake Spurlock on Vimeo.