Mt. Cheeseman ski area itself doesn’t have very challenging terrain, although it gets tracked out at 1/100 the rate of any American ski area I have been to. Behind the ski field, however, is amazing access to super backcountry skiing. I have been able to do great skiing when I get the chance.
I had an afternoon off of work a few days after a nice dump. The avalanche danger was low, and there were almost no tracks in the Tairn Chutes, which are less than half an hour hike from the ski area boundary
Stu, a fellow Cheeseman employee, and I were able to get some amazing runs in Tairn Basin. It is amazing that 4 days after a storm, as whole faces are usually still without tracks a mere 20 minute hike from the top of a lift. I guess that is New Zealand for you, pretty mellow; just not that populous. We made one run in Tairn Chutes, and two in an area dubbed Tairn Forest, for the snow plastered rock outcrops that surround the chutes. It was all amazing powder turns, and I was back in time to do the evening sweep!