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Blue Glades?

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Yeah, sounds like an oxymoron maybe. Skied Bolton last winter, and got the wifey to try new mid-fats on low-angle tree runs off the Wilderness lift. 8" of fresh had fallen overnight, and she stayed in the woods for hours.....Said it was like x/c on steroids. LOL! She's an intermediate skier, but not too strong a one......Done a couple blacks at Gore......Likes ungroomed as long as pitch isn't too steep. cool.gif

Anyway, wondering about easy glades at other places. I know what Jay has on the lower mountain. What about Burke and Smuggs? Never skied either yet. Was ready to book Burke in Feb. then just read somone stating it was an "advanced/expert" mountain. Yet I see plenty of blue on the trail map. Smuggs has a few glades marked blue on its map. Any feedback on those?

Looking at Sugarbush. Appears to be a number of new glades on their map. Wondering if any would be good as beginner tree runs? smile.gif

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There is an expansive low angle glade, skier's right, off of lollapalooza at Sunday River.
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Best Blue glades I've ever been in is the Black Forest Glade at Bretton Woods. It's where I learned and where I taught my brother to finally ski the trees and now he loves them. Tree's are spaced plenty far apart and the pitch is pretty mellow. 

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Yes, Bretton Woods has great easy tree skiing and they're opening some new tree skiing terrain this year, I think at least some of it is going to be really easy tree skiing. I've done a short run or two in the trees at Burke but I'm more of an advanced intermediate, I didn't see anything that would be really easy but that doesn't mean it's not there. The easy stuff I've done at Bretton could be and is skied by little kids in a wedge, but it's still tree skiing. I've thought it's been really fun and not scary at all.


I like your question -- it's hard to find transitional terrain for bumps and trees in the East especially.

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Believe it or not, Stowe has some good easy blue glades and keeps adding more.

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Burke has some glades I think will work, far left side mountain looking up, Definitley Bretton as others have said. I could show you some fairly low angle stuff at Middlebury Snowbowl but it is not wide open, more woods than true glade. Epic is Stowe's blue type glades over at Toll rd chair? Have been in there somewhat but seems more woods?

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Originally Posted by Snowbowler View Post

Epic is Stowe's blue type glades over at Toll rd chair? Have been in there somewhat but seems more woods?


More like around the Triple. They're on the map starting from Sunrise and heading towards the Chapel for the first one. Ski School has been trimming them in the summers as starter glades.

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If you decide to go out west, Heavenly has a good number of blue level glades.  

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It's been so long since I've been there (maybe even before they had gladesth_dunno-1[1].gif), but Sutton in Quebec is near Jay Peak and they advertise 45% Glades.






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Sutton's glades or "sous-bois" are a lot of fun but not very tight glades and some get groomed (think Murphy's Glade at Sugrabush w/ more trees).  Sutton is where my wife got interested in glade skiing and moved on to tighter glades at Killington, Stowe and Jay.  I think glades are easiest with fresh snow and don't go by the green, blue or black rating.  With icy moguls even a low angle glade is challenging.  Squeeze Play at Killington with fresh snow mid week is a nice long glade with bail out spots if required.

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steamboat hands down
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If you're heading west, Whistler has lots of easy glades off the emerald chair. 

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The blue glades at Smuggs are on the steep and tight side.. but are "blue" compared to the other glades on the mountian, lol.  Smuggs is a steeper mountain at all levels than most others in the area, and their trail ratings reflect that well.


I'm not sure there are many resorts with a plethora of blue glades, but these places have a few lengthy lower-angle glades that may be worth checking out:

 -- Gore Mountain: probably the most blue level glades in the east.  Try any/all of the following: Otter Slide Glades (the only technically "blue" glade... short and very easy), Chatterbox Glades, Tahawus Glades (my pick for prettiest on this list), Cirque Glades, Twister Glades (though I have not skied this glade all the way through), Dark Side Glades (tighter and a bit steeper but relatively short, and has a bumpy liftline through it in case the trees prove too challenging), Barkeater Glades (very long.. some steeper spots toward the end, and varying tree density), or Hudson / Ski Bowl Glades (on the steeper side, but wider-spaced trees).  Once you are done with these, you are only about half-way through all the glades Gore has to offer.


 -- Killington: Definitely have to try Squeeze Play on Ram's Head Mtn (very long and definitely something your wife will love to ski over and over again).  Also, Patsy's between Snowdon and Ram's Head (short, steep start that quickly mellows).  Somewhere / Nowhere on Skye Peak (tighter trees, but not too much pitch).  Roundabout; not technically a glade, but you get the experience of skiing through what must be a streambed in the spring.  All the other glades at Killington are pretty gnarly, though.


 -- Okemo: bit of a boring mountain IMO, but has a few mid-level glades.  First off, all glades at Okemo are rated <><>, but in reality are greatly varied.  Double Diamond on Glades Peak is fairly steep, but has widely spaced trees and snowmaking, and is sometimes groomed as well.  You can go in and out of the trees here, but the exit, though short, is steeper and more gladed and gets very bumpy.  Loose Spruce is tighter and more challenging, but has some avoidable steeps near the top.  At Jackson Gore Peak, you should definitely try Okemo's longest glade, Supernova.  The steepest part is the entrance off Upper Limelight.  However, you can take a side entrance from Lower Limelight just after the intersection with Blue Moon, which cuts out a lot of the challenge.  The rest is rolling blue/lower black terrain with generally wider-spaced trees.  Hidden little gems: off Upper Mountain Road, you can hang a blind right and ski The Narrows and Whistler.... narrow and then gladed (and quite tough for blue trails at Okemo).


 -- Sugarbush: As my fave resort, I gotta plug it, although most glades are definitely black-diamond challenge here.  However, there are a few that I would call mid-level glades... Deeper Sleeper off the Gate House Express may offer some good turns.  (You can avoid the steeper mid-section via Hot Shot / Waterfall to Sleeper Road to reenter the woods.)  Also, Eden on Gadd Peak offers large, widely-spaced trees and consistent pitch; there are also several work roads that cross through the trees and skiing those can be fun as well.  Over at Mt. Ellen, Semi-Though Woods and Walt's Woods  have quite a bit of terrain with sections of wider-spaced trees.  Also, if you can survive <><> Exterminator (which is actually easier than the neighboring <> Bravo), Way Back Woods is pretty nice as well and holds good powder.  Sugarbush also has a good amount of blue-level trail-glade hybrids at Lincoln Peak area, which include Birch Run and Sleeper on North Lynx Peak, Moonshine / Lwr Moonshine, and Lower Domino on Gadd Peak.  And while the wifey's trying out those, you can take on a more extreme hybrid: <><> Paradise.... or I suppose any of the other all-natural, mogul-ey, narrow and twisty trails that are all over the mountian... :-p


There are probably more at other resorts as well, and I will post them when I have some more time...  as I love blue glades (and blue moguls) as well!

Edited by winterdude87 - 12/5/12 at 11:11am
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