I tried this at the Loveland Basin ski area on a full moon night - though the moon was shrouded by the falling powder! There were three of us, two would get dropped off at the guardrail up on hwy 6 while the other would drive back down to pick us up. Dropping in below the road, your only about 500 feet above the top lift tower, but it's steep and deep. This would be considered backcountry conditions I guess, but they also control it really well because it's directly above the area. Above the area, we would really get cruising in the powder and then try to lay big carves which ended up usually with us body planting. I suppose if you did it enough you could have some more control, but we didn't. The night was dark and it was snowing, so horizon lines came up out of nowhere, like the one marking the 20-foot lip that was cut above the lift tower. Not really having a choice, being so out of control, we hit it straight on and fucking launched. Thankfully there was about 5" of fresh on the flats below and the landing was soft and poofy. On the area slopes, my vertigo scraped down to the hardpack and I could only spin, spin, spin, spin until I was dizzy and scared. We did two runs each and had walkie talkies to communicate where the grooming machines were running. We also put glow sticks on our g-loops to help locate our boats in the pow after we bailed. On the way back we got pulled over by a Jeffco cop on I-70, who was deciding what to do about our snow filled kayaks, empty beers and the expired plates/license of the driver. But then he got a call, said have a safe night and sped off with his cherries flashing. Crazy ass night for sure.
P.S. - Frenchy - diggin the new site.