"I usually hang around the base of the lift until I can find my way onto a chair with a patroller," Brown says. "Patrollers aren't inclined to share secrets, but they like to talk about skiing. I find they're better sources than instructors-instructors know their way around the mountain superbly, but they look at the mountain in a different way. Patrollers are in touch with the people who find the deep powder." Moreover, they decide which runs to open and when, and they always sample them first.
How to Ski Any Mountain Like a Local: Quiz the Ski Patrol