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Mountain People: Episode 2

Mountain People: Episode 2

Episode 2 of Mountain People: a series of stories from Boyne Mountain's slopes.
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Machine Groomed for Saturday, December 16

Temperature Open Trails Open Lifts Open Terrain
H 15 °F 20 Trails of 60 7 Lifts of 12 55 Acres of 415
Base Depth Snowfall Today's Hours
21 - 40″ 5″ Past 72 Hours 9-4:30
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Hooray! The weekend is here, the sun is out, and the lifts are spinning - what could be better?

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Finding the good stuff...

Travel to any ski town in the country, find a local and ask them about their favorite powder lines at the resort. Now if you're lucky, they will be kind enough to share, and if you're really lucky, they will even guide you to and through these lines at the cost of a beer! Often times in my experience, seasoned skiers and riders are reluctant to share their pow stash offering the line "no friends on a powder day." Well I'm about to do the unthinkable, I will share with you my favorite lines so you can follow my route after the next snow storm!

If you spend the summer and fall dreaming about making powder turns, you know waking up the morning after a storm carries the same excitement as a seven-year-old waking up on Christmas morning. First things first, breakfast is essential- you don't want anything to slow you down and that includes having to eat! So scarf your grub of choice, get to the hill before the lift starts spinning and wait patiently for your turn to ascend the powdery slopes. Once atop the Mountain Express, you have to pull a 180 and take a run on Center McLouth- call it snow testing, but you're making first tracks, so feel free to smile and let out a howl of your choice! Head back up using our high-speed six-person chairlift.

Be sure to pay attention to the wind while on the lift, the powder is light and fluffy, so the wind plays a big role in where it all comes to settle, and where it will be DEEP. North Boyne always calls my name for run number two! Depending on the wind direction on the chair, I either hit the skiers left or right edge of the trail. The key here is to get close to the edge and hit as many of the soft drifts as possible! Did you get any face shots yet?

Riding back up the Mountain Express, you will notice that it is not even 9:30am yet! Time to get out to the more distant stashes. Traversing across the face of Boyne Mountain Resort to The Meadows chairlift will allow you to get at least three more runs in untouched deep stuff, but typically more! Start out by sending yourself down just to the right of the chair, and continue moving over towards skiers right as you go! You know what comes next, time to get down to the Superbowl quad and make some laps on the steeps.

After playing on Superbowl for a while, I tend to work my way into the glades while heading back to the Mountain Express.Ever since my youthful days running around the resort with my buddies, Dave's Glade has been a favorite. Of course a lap or two here are essential. Enter the glade from any point of your choosing, it's all good! Just a side note for anyone choosing to head into the trees, be careful! You may like a tree so much that you try to give it a hug... It will not return a warm embrace! Take it slow and spot your line before entering!

Note: One of the best parts about skiing or snowboarding on a powder day, the deep stuff allows you to hit up some of the steeper trails that you may not normally do. Just remember to keep your weight back and your tips up and out of the powder!

Now if the snow will keep on coming, you have a plan to take you to some of the best powder! Not much worse than indecision when surrounded by freshies- it's all good! Just point yourself downhill and enjoy the ensuing permagrin, because on a powder day, we're all friends with Mother Nature!

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See you on the hill!


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