Thanks poutanen. I may have to ask what the typical routes to avoid are closer to the time if I can't figure it out myself!
No worries, I'm back there this Friday. So if you're heading up later than that, just check back at this thread.
Without giving too much away online, most people get off the chairs and head down a run. If you're willing to traverse across a little further than others, or walk for a couple minutes off the platter, paradise, ptarmigan chairs...
The best goods are in gladed areas a little off the beaten path. Nothing crazy for steepness, although the ultimate steeps usually isn't heavily used. They were also closed all weekend so I'm expecting them to be good still on Friday.