With five new runs opening onto chutes, bowls and cliff drops spread buffet-style across a 45-acre, northern face off the backside of the ski area, Tres Hombres offers over 1,200 vertical feet of steep skiing – the longest uninterrupted fall line riding on the mountain. It’s far from being the only advanced area on the mountain, however, 40% of the hill’s terrain is rated advanced to expert.
“Marmot has its share of steeps and rockier terrain and it’s really accessible, often just a short hike or traverse off the chairlift,” Peel adds, listing classic favourites like Charlie’s Bowl, Eagle East, the Knob and Cornice.
All four are familiar to me, as the scenes of some of my favourite skiing moments over the last 15 years, but the lure of the unexplored and the untamed draws me back to Tres again and again. Nearing the bottom of another epic descent, I find myself poking around blind drops and corners, scouting the next line, and the next - and knowing that this new favourite will keep me occupied for a while to come.