Day Two: Purgatory

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Sure, you can find powder skiing without flying all the way to Switzerland. But there's something extra delightful about Swiss powder. Shown here, by skier Darcee Mond, is our favorite secret stash at Verbier, which seems to hold fresh snow long after a storm and well into the springtime. Here's how to find it: Make your way to the Le Chaux tram. From the top, skate across the flats and head left on a traverse under the T-bar that never seems to run. You'll see a skin track and/or bootpack heading up to a saddle on looker's right. It's a 20-minute climb to the top. From there, sidestep up to the next ridge to access the north-facing slope that drops over 2,000 vertical feet down to the Lac de Cleuson, a lake with a massive dam. Enjoy the ride. From the bottom, ski across the lake, bootpack up to the traverse track, and ski down to Siviez.

Purgatory 7:15am-8:15am Vertical: 1,600 feet

Incredible! Absolutely whipped from long travels and a late night, we were greeted at Purgatory with plenty of food and knee-deep powder. Chefs welcomed us to the lift maze like visiting royalty, with big silver platters loaded with muffins, croissants, Powerbars, and disposable cameras.

Riding on skis, snowboards and snowbikes, a fleet of ski instructors took us up the Number One Spud lift to a photographer who took pictures of each of us cutting turns through thick, sugar-like snow.

When we reached the bottom, the chefs had whipped up mimosas to quench our thirsts. We fought with the idea of staying for at least one more run, but our goal to ski 24 resorts loomed and we dragged ourselves out of there.

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