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East Coast Glades

post #1 of 17
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Hello, I was wondering what some opinions on the best glades on the east coast are?
post #2 of 17
Lots of options these days, but Jay Peak and Mad River Glen are good places to start.
post #3 of 17
Roger that.
post #4 of 17
I just got back from Jay Peak and they have more glades then anywhere I have skied in the east. It is a long drive but if you can stay for 3-4 days it is well worth the ride.
post #5 of 17
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I just got back from Jay Peak and they have more glades then anywhere I have skied in the east. It is a long drive but if you can stay for 3-4 days it is well worth the ride.
That would really depend on where you start from, no?
post #6 of 17
Don't forget Smuggs. Right, Oboe?
post #7 of 17
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That would really depend on where you start from, no?
Depends on your state of mind as well. Sometimes I don't feel like driving 10 minutes to a hill in the NE, others I find a 9 hour round trip to WC a reasonable day trip. Few feet of fresh seems to help.
post #8 of 17
Jay Peak, hands down. Whenever I go, the only time I find myself on groomed or open trails is to get to another glade. The whole mountain is littered with them, and they are all damn good. Timbuktu, Green Beret, and Beaver Pond are some of the best on the mountain IMO.
post #9 of 17
Jay has plenty of glades, but since soooo many are on the map, they end up getting skied out super quickly. There are a few spots that aren't, but the locals all hammer them. The only real untracked you can get there on a non-storm day is OB - past beyond beaver pond, the dip, and big jay. Overall, the place is highly overrated.

Stowe rocks for glade skiing, virtually all the trees on the entire inbounds mountain is skiable (90%+), and then you have a massive amount of OB options. Takes much longer to get tracked out since there is so much more area. They get just as much snow as Jay, if not more.

Sugarbush also has may excellent options.

Never been to MRG or smuggs.

Killington? IMHO, it's right up there with Stowe and SB. Many of the marked glades get skied out a bit, but some of them are so large you can find fresh lines if you get off the main path. On top of that, there are many, many other woods shots not on the map which are very skiable, some of which see amazingly little traffic, even days after a storm. Killington probably has somewhere around ~80-100 glades that aren't on the map.....
post #10 of 17
Try north of the border - Le Massif and Mt Saint Anne, near Quebec City. Lots of good tree skiing both places and GREAT cover, a lot of snow up there. The slopes are not so exposed that it all blows off (as I understand can be an issue at Jay Peak for example, though I've never skied there).
post #11 of 17
The worst about Jay is the ride to the top via the lift when the line for the tram is long. The ride is extremely brutally cold and windy, even during March when we were there last season. More than half of the trees are over that way.

If you stay on the West side of the mountain, you'll be fine. Good glades there too.
post #12 of 17
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Stowe rocks for glade skiing, virtually all the trees on the entire inbounds mountain is skiable (90%+), and then you have a massive amount of OB options. Takes much longer to get tracked out since there is so much more area. They get just as much snow as Jay, if not more.
Same thing can be said about Smuggs. Never skied Stowe though.
post #13 of 17
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Jay has plenty of glades, but since soooo many are on the map, they end up getting skied out super quickly. There are a few spots that aren't, but the locals all hammer them. The only real untracked you can get there on a non-storm day is OB - past beyond beaver pond, the dip, and big jay. Overall, the place is highly overrated.
Yes, you're right... Jay is overrated, most of the glades are on the map, and they ALL get skied out by 10 am so STAY AWAY!!

LMFAO!!!
post #14 of 17
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Hello, I was wondering what some opinions on the best glades on the east coast are?
My opinion is that I keep my mouth shut.
post #15 of 17
Oddly enough, Mt Snow has a LOT of skiable trees - little stashes all over the hill with easy ones at Carinthia and tougher on the North Face. it's one of the few things that area did right over the past 15 years. Not in the same league as Jay or Stowe, but a LOT closer for most people.
post #16 of 17
Magic is good although it's small. I prefer it to Mt Snow 9/10 times although they do have the North Face over there.

Sugarbush, MRG and Killington also come to mind. Even lowly Bolton Valley has two very good glade trails. Again, small but a great little old time feeling place which gets a ton of snow.

I've skied glades at Stowe but I'm not quite up on all the stashes - need to explore with someone to find the goods because I know they are there.

For intermediates and those new to glad skiing Ragged Mountain is an alternative worth seeking out.
post #17 of 17
Check out Burke Mt. they have some fun glades.
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