WHY: It’s all yours. Powder’s 7,000 acres of inbounds, patrolled backcountry terrain—accessed by lifts, cats, and even a shuttle bus—see a scant 107,000 annual skier visits.
WHAT: Board the Lightning Ridge snowcat (18 bucks a pop) for a ride to the top of the ridge. Drop in for 2,100 feet of sustained vert, or hike a quick 20 minutes to James Peak.
WHERE: Straddle a stool at the Powder Keg for a Rooster Dark on tap.