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Good Glades in Utah

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Heading out for a week in Utah on Friday was wondering if anyone had recommendations for where i could find some good glade skiing. Nothing is set in stone, but as of now it looks like we'll be skiing the weekend days at Brighton and/or Solitude and then Alta/Snowbird during the week.

Obviously this is a pretty open ended questions, but if there are any "can't misses" i'd love to hear about em...
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North Rustler, West rustler and Westward Ho @ Alta. There's some nifty stuff off supreme too.

Don't overlook Dear Valet for good tree skiing...

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Originally Posted by dbart2
Heading out for a week in Utah on Friday was wondering if anyone had recommendations for where i could find some good glade skiing. Nothing is set in stone, but as of now it looks like we'll be skiing the weekend days at Brighton and/or Solitude and then Alta/Snowbird during the week.

Obviously this is a pretty open ended questions, but if there are any "can't misses" i'd love to hear about em...
If you define "glades" as scattered oak trees, aspens, and tall brush, there's nowhere I've skied in Utah that's better than Snowbasin.

West-facing side of Honeycomb Canyon at Solitude has great tree skiing.

The aspen glade along the lower right side of Lone Tree at Snowbird is really good (although they're pretty tight).
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The trees under the Snake Creek and Great Western chairs at Brighton are well spaced and usually hold some of the mountain's best snow. Snake Creek and Great Western are the two lifts looker's left on the trail map below:

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Originally Posted by boarderline
The trees under the Snake Creek and Great Western chairs at Brighton are well spaced and usually hold some of the mountain's best snow. Snake Creek and Great Western are the two lifts looker's left on the trail map below:

I second this one. I was at Brighton Saturday and spent most of the time in the trees. There was powder aplenty in the trees. You can ski in the trees pretty much from top to bottom on the mountain. It's not real expert stuff (the trees have some pretty decent spacing and the pitch isn't real steep), but it is definitely fun.

In addition to the runs under the two lifts mentioned, there's a great tree run off of the Crest Express Chair. Start down Tantamount, but cut into the trees under the lift.
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To me, glades mean moderate to very tight tree skiing with alternate paths requiring plenty of short turns (i.e. your not just going down a hiking trail and/or it's not just one tree every 30 feet and/or not just a chute between dense trees). I was just in Utah last week and found that the Canyons - other issues aside - and Deer Valley had some tree skiing per the above definition. Alta and Snowbird were generally more open but highly recommended .
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If you make it over, Triangle trees at DV (It's on the map)
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Originally Posted by dbart2
Heading out for a week in Utah on Friday was wondering if anyone had recommendations for where i could find some good glade skiing. Nothing is set in stone, but as of now it looks like we'll be skiing the weekend days at Brighton and/or Solitude and then Alta/Snowbird during the week.

Obviously this is a pretty open ended questions, but if there are any "can't misses" i'd love to hear about em...
Glades? You do know that just about EVERYTHING in Utah is 'Glade' skiing, don't you? The trees in the Wasatch are very different from the [I assume] the East. We have sparsly poplulated spruce forrests, and thicker density Aspens/Cottonwoods that have few branches down low, that are all very skiable. So the term 'glades' really applies to just about everything between the designated runs. As long as there isn't a rope across it, all the 'glades' are in play.

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