First off I have a pass and I want to get my ski legs under me. I am going Friday so it shouldnt be to-to crowded. I know what early season is like. Its usually one groomed run with a bazilian people on it. I might get lucky and run into some fresh rain too. I dont care as long as Im up there getting exercise which I sorely need. Its all about fresh air, trees, and some nice scenery. I really just want to get out of Denver for a day. I cant think of a better way to do it. As far as backcountry goes, the last time I went BC I hiked three hours for a thirty minute run. I could have taken six runs in that amount of time. The only reason we went was because Crested Butte was closed (it was October).Plus, I am inexperienced and dont have the proper equipment to go BC. Even being experienced doesnt mean that your accident proof. It is not my idea of a good time to buried in ten feet of snow thats harder than cement.
This is as Im try to get that little bit of soft powder in an avalanche shoot. I could be in a safe controlled environment where all I have to watch out for occasional gaper and maybe a tree here or there. If back country was all that great they wouldnt have built ski areas.