Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 224
Out & About
& Wildlife Adventures
If BLEED, make it fit and center in
the DARK GRAY BOX.
Ads should have been designed
with bleed on all sides for balance
head ski concierge clip in beside us, their
smiles are as big as the one on the face of the
13-year-old snowboarder who brought his
private instructor along for powder tips.
One by one we peel down the fall line in
accordance with Bob's three rules: Stop
where the guides stop, set your turns close to
the skier before you to maximize untracked
terrain, and, most important, have fun. The
last one comes as naturally as the silent float
of shin-deep fluff. Before you know it, we
turn onto a cat track to find our driver waiting. After the warm-up, runs gradually progress in difficulty, popping through stands of
aspen or fir onto rolling faces that never require more than solid intermediate skills.
"Let's find a jump," the 13-year-old says.
"I know just the place," Bob replies. He
plans the next run around a nice four-foot
boulder and even packs out the ramp for the
group. Then it's back to the routine: Dial up
a playlist and break out the snacks on the
ride up, and draw sinewy lines down yet another open expanse.
At 2 pm, after 13 runs of roughly 1,000
vertical feet each, we call it a day and pull
up to the wilderness lunch cabin that looks
out on the Elk Range. The door opens to
"Find secret powder stashes
days after a storm in the
Timber Doodle Glade on the
Tiehack side of Buttermilk
Mountain. You can even take a
run down the X Games' superpipe while you're there."
- Brian Harris, Virtuoso travel
ravioli, a tureen of cauliflower soup, salads, and plates of fruits, cheeses, and charcuterie. Champagne corks pop, the wine
flows, and the chair masseuse awaits any
takers. We cap off the meal with espresso
and fresh Rice Krispies treats, then pile in
for the ride back to the resort, where the
group splits up according to favored runs
back to town.
Spar Gulch, around Kleenex Corner,
and over Niagara to Ajax Tavern at the
gondola's base proves a reality dose of
tightly carved edges, slow signs, yielding, and bumps. It's a bit before 4, but the
après scene is already three deep at the bar.
Powder dilemma: solved. Next season I'll
work on the patio seats.
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