1. SUGAR BOWL, CALIF. With its ripple-effect snow, The Palisades has an extreme backcountry feel within the relative safety of the ropes. It features plenty of fun spines and steep lines, with a nearly 40-degree pitch. Because conditions can be variable, patrol often closes the area, so be sure to check the trail directories before setting out. To get there, head up the Mt. Disney Chairlift and traverse five minutes along the ridge heading skier’s right, or ride the Mt.