Moun­tain for one, please

You may think ski­ing means crowds, but it’s never been eas­ier to re­cap­ture some soli­tude—at any bud­get.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Man At His Best -

You go ski­ing not just for the en­dor­phin-boost­ing ex­er­cise and the prom­ise of frothy mi­cro­brews near a fire­place, but for the mo­ment of re­newal achieved by stand­ing on top of a hushed, steep-faced moun­tain dot­ted by snow-dusted birch trees that you will ul­ti­mately have to dodge in or­der to make it down alive. Which is why it’s such a letdown to emerge from the lodge on the kind of chilly blue­bird day when your breath still hangs in the air, only to be faced with snaking lift lines and groomers jam-packed with be­gin­ners in jeans and Jets puffers. But there’s a way to re­claim that en­vi­able soli­tude slope­side: Re­sorts across the coun­try are fig­ur­ing out how to keep crowds at bay and get so­lace seek­ers to more re­mote cor­ners of the moun­tain.

Take Pow­der Moun­tain, the se­cret hand­shake of Utah ski re­sorts at the mo­ment. This Og­den Val­ley spot has more than 8,000 ski­able acres and a rel­a­tively cheap day pass (USD85), and it gets the sort of light, airy pow­der dumps that make you won­der if there’s in­deed a snow god. There’s a tech-ti­tans-with-good-in­ten­tions vibe about the place, which is only an hour or so away from the Salt Lake City air­port. In 2013, the mom-and-pop re­sort was bought by the Sum­mit group, which hosts TED-Talk-like gath­er­ings with at­ten­dees such

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