Powder Lines

We Find Your Inside Tracks

IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE THE JAUNT FROM HAWAII to a wintry mountain clime, you’ll want to maximize your time spent on the slopes. Fear not: We’ve got the inside line on three supreme routes for voracious powder hounds.


Stein Eriksen may be Deer Valley’s director of skiing, but he can cite a far more impressive roster of accomplishments. His half-dozen Olympic medals in giant slalom put Norway on the map as a winter sport powerhouse, and he’s also credited with inventing the sport of aerials, as he was known for adding acrobatic moves during “air time” on his runs.

Stein has mentored professional skiers in the U.S. for more than 50 years; now you can book him to be your personal tour guide for a half-day at Deer Valley Resort ($1,000). Get the insider’s tour, tips on your technique and stories of skiing yore. It’s a day you’ll not soon forget. End with a treatment at the mid-mountain Stein Eriksen Lodge spa, and you might never leave.


With the aid of an experienced guide, you can tackle the powder at six different resorts through a carefully navigated back-country route-in a single day. Best yet, you’ll be skiing the “off-piste” trails that most likely haven’t seen a ski or snowboard other than yours.

With unparalleled vistas of back-country terrain across the Wasatch Mountain Range, you’ll traverse the best routes at Snow-bird, Park City Mountain, Solitude, Deer Valley, Brighton and Alta ski resorts.

This isn’t for the timid: You’ll cover more than 25 miles during a single day. Yet for under $300 per person, it’s well worth the Herculean effort. Call (801) 534-1907 to make reservations.


Deer Valley offers a relatively unknown experience that allows your group (up to eight skiers) to hit the slopes an hour before the lifts open to the public, with its appropriately named “FirstTracks” program.

You’ll meet your “contact” (an experienced ski patrol guide) at the pre-determined lift at precisely 7:50 a.m., and head to the top of the mountain following the sun. No coffee necessary: The idea of no one else on this vast mountain as you make first turns is insatiable!

Back at the bottom, you can opt to grab a day-pass (not included in the $1,500 price tag for this experience, which also covers up to eight skiers) and continue the surge, or head in for a lavish brunch at The Lodge’s celebrated breakfast buffet.

As of print time, World Cup and Olympian skier Heidi Voelker is one of the designated guides for FirstTracks.

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