My business is travel. I love to hit the road exploring new places, meeting interesting people and adventuring in the mountains. From Japan to Salt Lake City, British Columbia to Ketchum, the 16/17 season has revolved around the never ending pursuit of powder, culture and new destinations. Actually that’s every year but who’s keeping track, right? But in hindsight maybe sometimes it’s best to stay put every now and then. The fact of the matter is I probably didn’t need to leave Ketchum this winter if skiing powder was my only goal.
I’ve truly been grateful to explore the local mountains via chairlifts, helicopters and touring. By far I have spent the most amount of time learning Sun Valley’s iconic centerpiece Mt. Baldy. Baldy is an amazing mountain resort and offers some of the best lift-accessed skiing anywhere. I don’t know of many US lifts that rival the truly epic Warm Springs zone. This steep north facing section of the resort offers seemingly endless skiing accessed by a single quad lift rising 3,000 feet and you don’t even need to take your skis off.
Enjoy the photos.
— Tucker Patton
Gear We Recommend for Charging Deep Powder in Sun Valley:
- Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/64178/category/2206/
- Outdoor Research Whiteroom Pants: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/men-s-white-room-pants.html
- K2 Pinnacle 118: http://en-us.k2skis.com/skis/pinnacle-118