Varied black and blue terrain from Empire Express









Black bumps just off the left side of the top pitch of Orion offer advanced skiers excellent ungroomed skiing in moguls or powder, with a relatively easy escape back to usually groomed terrain.

The bumps here are typically smaller than they are in Empire Bowl.

Skiing down Orion a couple hundred yards before entering Solace, gives skiers a chance to ski a more direct fall line.

As Solace and Orion merge, briefly, Solace becomes a blue run, but usually not groomed.

There are low angle moguls here, following some power lines to a very flat, very wide section of terrain.

If there is powder, find someone's tracks to keep enough speed, otherwise you might end up pushing and shuffling your way out.

After Buckeye splits to the right, Solace becomes a low angle groomed run leading to Supreme.

Finally, Solace splits again to the right down a southeast facing pitch of typically ungroomed terrain which leads to the very bottom of Orion.

The run flattens as it descends.

The top black pitch is of course the hardest, meant for strong advanced skiers.

Intermediate skiers should ski Orion before merging onto Solace.