Its totally understandable that you would like trees your first season. Youre gonna be slamming on the breaks every 8 feet, falling down and getting stuck. I didnt like trees until I was good enough to make smooth, fast lines in them. I agree with what most people said. But I will add that for me, some of the allure is due to the adventure of making your own route. (warning: cant tell you how many times Ive ended up in flat deep snow in new terrain) It definately has to be fresher snow or else its not worth it but the trees arent going to be tracked out as fast. Also, it has to be deep enough to have the bottomless feel. dust on the crust doesnt cut it for me. I like mine to to a little more spread out (aspens), just becuase I can go faster but tighter trees are fun too.
PS. MPD, you are crazy. those trees are crazy dense. jacket killers. props to you though.