The back bowls are a good place to practice out-of-bounds ski and expedition techniques, which include skiing with a pack and knowing how to self arrest. (To learn how, visit skimag.com/selfarrest.) But keep your aggro attitude in check. Don't be the guy lugging a 40-pound expedition pack around the mountain. As always, carry only what you need.
Everyone loves to talk about dream jobs, but in skiing, the real best job is often avoiding one. But if you really must be employed, combining skiing with work leads to one enviable business endeavor. We caught up with David ‘Gomez’ Johnson, owner/lead guide for Casa Tours in Chile and Argentina, about how he found himself the ultimate ski bum job: taking people on the most memorable ski runs of their lives, skiing powder all summer in South America, and giving clients a taste of the ski bum dream.