No one ever got hurt in the air, right? And with practice and planning, the landings will go just fine.
Remember when ski areas knocked down or roped off anything that got us a little light? Thankfully that mindset has changed. Not everyone is ready for the biggest booter in the park, but these days resorts are building features for all abilities, and we can all experience the feeling of flight.
At the Midwest’s Mount BoHo, the goods are in the woods.
» Location Lac La Belle, Mich.
» Getting There Unload Lift 1 and make a sharp right onto Miner’s Hollow, then veer left down onto Bull Moose. Check your speed and enter the trees to the left of the Extreme Backcountry sign. It’s a mellow slope but the trees are tight at the top. Take heed. Midwestern trees bite back.
Take a few spins in one of Vail’s most intimidating Back Bowls.
Terrain » Don’t expect any groomed terrain; Sun Down Bowl is an advanced skier’s stomping ground. While most of the bowl is wide open, the west side serves up fun trees and cliff drops. There are also some gullies separating trails. Warning: They look far shallower than they actually are, so be careful trying to cross them. You might end up bib-deep in powder.