We all want to wake up to the perfect powder day, it’s the “Holy Grail” of skiing and if you are in resort on that day, there are a few skills that will help you find powder paradise.
Early Bird – I know it’s a cliché but if you think its going to snow all night, wake up and head to the mountain to be there two hours prior to the lifts opening.
Be prepared – Call the resort, find out if there is a first tracks program that provides early access to lift opening. It’s worth every dime to be on the first chair.
Have a plan – On most decent powder days, there can be delays in chairs and trails opening. You will have to move across the grain and be willing to risk being caught up in the herd. Think hard about where you will go. It might be worth letting the first pack go and pouncing on a delayed trail opening.
Keep a sharp eye on Patrol – Ask lots of questions to patrol, watch their movements and listen to any radio chatter that might give you the edge on conditions and locations. If possible grab a chair lift ride with a patroller and pepper them with respect and questions.