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Winterplace is an outstanding facility for beginners and low intermediates, an ideal weekend destination for families and youth groups. It only has four black slopes, and Turkey Chute and Dropoff could be considered High Blues. Only Plunge and Nose Dive are truly advanced. Steep, arcing descents through the trees, they end up just east of the Mountain House. Turkey Chute is an S shaped drop rated black only because it is too narrow to allow maneuvering. Dropoff, by comparison, is a wide meadow slope leveling out as it approaches Mountain House. It would be a good sledriding hill. Its only claim to black status is its steep launch off the ridge.
However, the other 80% of Winterplace is Green and Low Blue Heaven. The Lower Mountain, down by the Main Lodge, is for beginners. There is a
great ski school area, set off by itself with its own rope tow. Wanderer is a wide practice slope for novice carvers, and Over Easy is a first narrow, winding trail. The lift serving these two is also a bit slower. With lessons learned here, beginners can move up to Highland Run, steeper and longer with a few obstacles and a full scale lift.
For greater variety, ski down Wanderer and take one of the three Cascade lifts up the Middle Mountain.
From the Halfway Lift, which stops at a plateau halfway up the ridge, Country Roads is a short cruising run through the woods which could be taken back to the Main Lodge. But by turning right on No Problem, a skier returns to the Cascade lift stations.
Coming off the same lift, turning left offers a choice of Hickory, a Blue, or Panorama Glades, a Green. Both wander off through the woods momentarily, then swing back to join Cascade as it levels out toward the lift station. Panorama offers good views of the Tubing Hill and Snowboard Terrain Park. Hickory is a little narrow, but any novice with good control can handle it. The only real problem is with the piles of loose snow which seem to accumulate at the remerger with Cascade.
The other two Cascade lifts take skiers to the top of the Middle Mountain. From there, the premier run takes either Rendezvous or Rendezvous Too down through the woods, then flows into Cascade, a wide boulevard starting out steep and easing up toward the bottom. These are listed as Blues, but are really High Greens. They can be snowplowed or handled with reasonable carving skills.
A novice not quite up for the steep sections of Rendezvous or Cascade can still string together a fine run from the top by snaking down Buttermilk, crossing Country Roads, and swinging rightward onto Panorama Glades back to the lifts. The S turn at the top of Buttermilk is challenging but not risky, and although it’s narrow, a bank runs along one side to buffer any mistakes. The bigger hazard on Buttermilk is the snowboarders who insist on sitting down in the middle of the trail to admire the view and talk to their friends.
Another Green option from atop the ridge is to start down Buttermilk, then turn rightward down Milkshake and across the meadow to Mountain House.
Two Blues which are legitimate are Snow Bowl and Look At Me, both dropping off the ridge down to Mountain House. They’re too steep to snowplow, require some skill at carving, and feature uneven terrain. Snow Bowl is a bit wider, but Look At Me is a narrow twist through the trees. It’s also where Winterplace stages its competitive races.

The two lifts from Mountain House access the Mountain Top, where Plunge, Nose Dive and Turkey Chute arc down. But there are other options.

Woods Run is Winterplace’s entry in the regional cruising competition. It follows the easternmost flank of the mountain on a narrow, twisting meander through the woods, finishing up with a short steep and a runout back to the lift. Away from the crowds, this is Winterplace at its laid back best, and a pleasant respite from multiple descents of Plunge and Nose Dive.

Another cruiser heads off on the western side of the mountain top. Ridge Runner and Compromise are parallel tracks, one Green and the other Blue. They come together at the Mid Mountain lift exits, ease across Meadows, then narrow and wind down Last Chance past the condos. From there the trail is renamed Last Run and heads straight for the sun deck of the Main Lodge. This is really one of the longer runs in the region, and offers continuing views of the surrounding mountain country. But the pitch is very gradual, and skiers are always stopping to take pictures or admire the view. So it’s not a challenging run, and the pokey pace annoys some. Three fourths of it are labeled Blue, but there’s no way. This is pure Green.

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