Inbounds: Off the Map

Inbounds: Off the Map

How To Ski It

Without leaving the ski area, you can find countless secret stashes, hidden nooks and crannies and hike-to lines that feel as distant and unexplored as the deep backcountry. Be prepared to work a little—hiking or bootpacking into the trees or up a ridgeline—and always ski with a partner. You’ll have to contend with ungroomed, variable snow, and you’d be wise to scout your line and exit route. If terrain isn’t designated on a map, it’s probably not patrolled, so look out for hazards such as trees, rock bands, cliffs and cornices that require a mix of imagination, commitment, caution and advanced skills and tactics.


When hiking or kick-stepping more than a couple hundred feet—especially on knife-edge ridges—slinging your skis over one shoulder is foolhardy. It can throw off your balance, and it only leaves one arm for poling.  Secure your skis to a daypack, and use your poles as walking sticks.

[ Tip ] Choose a pack that allows you to attach your skis base to base, diagonally across your back and close to your body, which reduces swing weight. A-frame attachments also work, but they can make you feel top heavy. A truly minimalist ski-carrying device is a 10-foot piece of webbing that attaches to your skis and loops around your shoulders.

What To Take

Where To Find It


Deer Valley Content Hub Off Hill Activities

At Play Off the Slopes

From old-fashioned horse-pulled sleigh rides to Ski-Doo–powered snowmobile trips over virgin powder, there’s more to do at Deer Valley than ski. If it happens on the snow, it happens here.