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Old 02-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Favorite ungroomed areas for intermediates in the PNW

I'm an intermediate rider comfortable on the blue runs but still struggling on the blacks (especially after the skiers cover them with moguls). I've had a few chances to hit some powder but it seems to be very hard to find unless you go into black or double black territory. Bowls are always double black, so I haven't touched that yet. If I'm one of the first out after a dump I'll hit some black runs while they are still soft, but that never lasts long.

So where does a non-expert go to find powder? Is there such thing as a blue bowl? I assume not, but...

Anyway, my favorite spot so far is going far right off the start of gemini on the backside of stevens, before and after the cat track starts. In bounds, but not a marked run or groomed area.

I'm gonna try to get to OR (probably Mt Bachelor) soon, so if you have a noob friendly stash over there that you don't mind blowing out, please share

Someone on the lift suggested Mt Hood glaciers, but I'm not sure where exactly that would be or if that's even a sane suggestion for my skill level.
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Bachelor I would say anywhere off the Rainbow chair. Mellow terrain but the powder doesn't get tracked out as fast as other areas.
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The Outback chair at Bachelor gets a lot less tracked out then the chairs off of Sunrise, Pine Martin, and Skyliner). Outback has some good, long blues as well as Blacks. If you feel up to it go over even farther to Northwest and ride some sick Blacks.
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One big problem you will run into with deeper powder (especially at stevens) is that you kind of need a steeper run in order to make use of it. Stevens has quite a few flat areas that you really need to carry speed through. This is where black, and double black runs are handy.

I would worry about getting stuck and hiking out. Especially when we are getting into miracle March. Heavy wet snow requires even more speed.
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at bakes there is always pow by the bunny chair and if you blast the groomer....you can have enough speed to rip in to the bunny pow

but if its deep pow...hit the blacks and go for it...the worst thing that could happen is swimming....or dying...stay away from tree wells
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If you hit Mt. Hood on a powder day, both Meadows and Timberline offer abundant off piste terrain that will serve beginner through expert levels. Timberline has the most green terrain but don't assume it's boring. The runs off of Jeff Flood and Stormin Norman are long and have all sorts of rolly polly terrain with wind lips and natural half pipes through open glades and dense old growth timber. Still creek is a mile long ravine through timber too tight to navigate with sharp twists and turns when you get better at aggressive off piste tree riding. Upper and lower Bone Zone is just about the most fun a person can have on a snowboard and the terrain is mellow enough that even a beginner can ride it. Depending on how you ride it and what natural features you hit, you can turn into a super advanced natural boarder cross run. Just too many options to list.

Meadows is the cats meow for limitless off piste riding on upper green and blue terrain with plenty of double black terrain for the experts. Off of Vista, there is an area called Badlands that on a powder day is so fun and the terrain is all open blue in rolling hills and gullies through dispersed trees. Playground and Marmot Ridge off of Cascade provide unbelievably playful blue off piste terrain.

Shooting Star is almost all open blue off piste terrain as is Hood River Meadows. In addition there is unlimited possibilities off of Easy Rider, Daisy, Mt Hood Express and Stadium. Like Timberline, too many options to list!

If you come to Hood on a powder day, it will blow your mind....
Just spotting these on trail maps...I don't see Playground near Cascade, and Marmot Ridge is a black, not blue...I take it it's an easier black then?

And at meadows, is Badlands that area under Vista Ridge, skiers right from the chair?

Also, I see the Still Creek chair, where is the ravine?

Thanks for the tips, gonna make a road trip to OR, but not sure if Bachelor or Hood. I think it's probably gonna be Mt Hood due to proximity.
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