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first time glades ski - NH

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hello,
Week before went to brentton woods in NH for 3 days and did first time glades ski.
Wow..snow was fantastic and it was so much fun.  Can't wait to explore other glades.
I think skied most of glades runs in brentton. Enjoyed a lot through Minahan's ridge in rosebrook canyon glades area and cliff's cliff to wild west glades but double black like devi's den was tough for me, still loved them all tough.

How you rate brentton compare to other NE ski glades?
Can you recommend other ski area with good glades? 
Heard jay peak is one of the best in NE but bit too far.  Also when is the best time to glades ski in NE?
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post #2 of 22
Glades without a helmet. eeeeeekkkk!
Burke has some nice glades.
post #3 of 22
Smellytele, whattup?  It's Edd from AZ.

Motozine: Bretton Woods has the best learning glades I've seen in New England and a few tucked away that are very challenging.  Also, the snow quality at BW is fantastic, which obviously enhances the glade experience.  Much of the clientele there avoid non-groomed runs like the plague so many days it's like a sleeper buffet for tree-hounds. 

You'll find the pitch on Jay's glades noticably steeper and the trees tighter in general.  That goes for many NE resorts.  Still, if glades are what you're after, Jay's a no-brainer.  Watch the snow reports closely.  

As Smellytele mentioned, Burke does have some very good glades.  If you enjoyed BW, I strongly recommend Burke.  In fact, I'd check out Burke before Jay.  Less crowds means better conditions.

   
post #4 of 22
 I'm so jealous, they were open when I was there but the coverage was thin and my leg was messed up so no glades for me. Honestly I can't compare them to any other NH Glades but one thing I can say is they tend to have a lot more snow than others I've skied in NH. Rosebrook Canyon is one of the first glade areas to open and last to close. I've been told its because being in a canyon they don't get much direct sunlight so the snow lasts long. For example when I was there Dec. 23rd there was only 11 inches of natural snow on most of the mountain but there was remnants of the 18 inches they had gotten in mid-November that had melted everywhere else, but stayed on the ground to provide a packed base that allowed all 11 inches to sit on top and allowed them to have the glades open that early when other mountains had no glades open.
post #5 of 22
 
This was with only 11 inches of natural snow sitting on the preserved base that had melted elsewhere
post #6 of 22
 those are super open woods.....

Jay can get scraped really fast on the marked glade runs but they have some great beginner glades and can get some really good snow.

Stowe recently just put in tons of beginner level glades near toll road and has more woods skiing when including the out of bounds than any other northeastern mountain. One of the best for beginner to expert wood skier.

The other places in vermont MRG, smuggs, burke, bolton, sugarbush all have great tree skiing but I think bretton has better easier glades than anywhere from what I hear.
post #7 of 22
MRG, Jay, Stowe, Smuggs are the best places.

Stratton has good glade skiing if you're in southern NE. And Gore if you're in that part of the world.
post #8 of 22
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 those are super open woods.....
 
It was an intermediate glade, its by far their easiest but with a banged up shin it was all I could handle and then some.
post #9 of 22
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It was an intermediate glade, its by far their easiest but with a banged up shin it was all I could handle and then some.

banged shins means your back seat or should be skiing a non 4 buckle boot.
post #10 of 22

Awesome pics.  Bretton Woods has had some great snow fall this year.  I was there first week of Jan and they got 34 inches.  You must have been there during last weeks storm.

I did some of the Rosebrook Canyon glades as well.  They are challenging enough for me.

post #11 of 22
Actually a result of trying to jump off some bumps on Zoomer at Cannon and slammed into the front of one of the bumps when I got too much air off one of them (if my laptop hadn't fried I'd have the helmet cam video to prove it) which caused my shin splints, which even with a 3 week rest bothered me a tad bit on Monday.

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banged shins means your back seat or should be skiing a non 4 buckle boot.
 
post #12 of 22
Nice pictures, nice trees, snow looks good.   No criticism here - looks like fun day.
post #13 of 22
Those glades in a couple of those (second and fourth one, then the one posted in the later post) pics are where I first discovered the joy of tree skiing. Yes, they are pretty open - but there are some tighter lines in there off to the sides. Perfect for learning to ski trees. We must have done 20 laps through that on the day we "found" it. Need to go back to BW, and bring the kids - they'd love it.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

How much steeper and narrower other glades area compare to the double black BW (third photos i poseted above)? Any photos so i get some idea?  I enjoyed so much those in BW but some of narrow ones was bit tough to control.

Yup, i'm shopping for helmet. I remember not many people wear helmet before but see a lot of people do now.  Didn't know why it really needs till i discovered the glades, now sure i know.  Maybe i just wear my motorcycle helmet   to be really safe.   
I need ski goggles too, lost my old one somewhere.

It was Jan6~10th. Was I lucky or every year it gets like that?
Don't know how much better it can be since it was first time in NH just can't wait till go back again.

I'm thinking about another trip sometime around first or Second week of Feb. 

I see MRG has 3day ticket with just one dollar more of 2days ticket.  Sounds like good deal.  Stowe seems more expensive and furthur north.  So if I want to head area closer to NYC and looking for fun glades is MRG the best pick? How about Sugarbush?


Thanks so much for postings.

post #15 of 22

Glade skiing.  Now here's some open glade skiing,  Can you find the skier?

  The gentleman hiding in the trees is no less that ESA world renown powder and tree skier Squatty.

  This glade skier is not Squatty.  Glades, trees are fun in the East or in the West or just about anywhere.

post #16 of 22
 When there's snow Berkshire East in Western Mass has a lot of glade skiing.  Good choice when you don't want to make a long drive, and don't want to deal with crowds on a weekend.
post #17 of 22
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How much steeper and narrower other glades area compare to the double black BW (third photos i poseted above)? Any photos so i get some idea?  I enjoyed so much those in BW but some of narrow ones was bit tough to control.

Yup, i'm shopping for helmet. I remember not many people wear helmet before but see a lot of people do now.  Didn't know why it really needs till i discovered the glades, now sure i know.  Maybe i just wear my motorcycle helmet   to be really safe.   
I need ski goggles too, lost my old one somewhere.

It was Jan6~10th. Was I lucky or every year it gets like that?
Don't know how much better it can be since it was first time in NH just can't wait till go back again.

I'm thinking about another trip sometime around first or Second week of Feb. 

I see MRG has 3day ticket with just one dollar more of 2days ticket.  Sounds like good deal.  Stowe seems more expensive and furthur north.  So if I want to head area closer to NYC and looking for fun glades is MRG the best pick? How about Sugarbush?


Thanks so much for postings.

Motozine, nice pictures, you look like you found some great conditions in there. As for the double black at BW, that looks more like a trail at MRG than their woods. MRG woods much tighter but their trails like Lower Antelope and Lynx/Beaver are a bit like that picture you showed. Some of your other pictures have a look of Burke to them, you would like those also. 2nd week of Feb is good but not the 2nd weekend, that will be the Presidents weekend, if you don't mind crowds than go for it. The big factor is if you will luck out and get great soft snow for your next trip up here.That is the crap shoot of the east coast. I went up to Stowe this past week (Wed and Thurs) expecting it to be an ice skating rink after the thaw/rain/ freeze of Sun -Tues but had 18"+ of powder in the woods all day long. Some of the best powder skiing I have had since Utah 2 years ago.Would not have even dreamed it would have been so good unless I was there to sample it.Timing and luck for powder in the east.
post #18 of 22
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. I went up to Stowe this past week (Wed and Thurs) expecting it to be an ice skating rink after the thaw/rain/ freeze of Sun -Tues but had 18"+ of powder in the woods all day long.
 

You were up here? Were you doing PSIA stuff? I saw Chris. Would have liked to make some turns with you.
post #19 of 22
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You were up here? Were you doing PSIA stuff? I saw Chris. Would have liked to make some turns with you.

Yeah I had to do an update and figured I would do the off-piste event. I did not have much hope for it on Mon or Tues though. Lucked out big time. Chris had to do a L3 teaching understudy. I went out with Barbs group and closed the lifts both days although Doug could tell you that she did not close them both days and was not happy ha ha. I wasn't sure if you were going to do that event and maybe be a guide. Saw Josh out teaching a group but I didn't have a chance to talk as we had to find some turns in the trees Learning more and more where the woods are each time I get up there. I'll let you know before the next time I get a chance to go to Stowe.
post #20 of 22
 Dave? damn I forget your real name snowbowlers grrrr but I dont forget skiing in utah with you.

I think that stowe day was better than the snowbird days IMO the snow the day of your off piste clinic was amazing. My kids were pretty good at skiing it till there legs ran out of gas.
post #21 of 22
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 Dave? damn I forget your real name snowbowlers grrrr but I dont forget skiing in utah with you.

I think that stowe day was better than the snowbird days IMO the snow the day of your off piste clinic was amazing. My kids were pretty good at skiing it till there legs ran out of gas.
Yeah that's me . I wonder why their little legs could be tired when skiing trees with powder probably up to their behinds! You work those kids good, parents want tired kids at the end of the day.They certainly had a treat to be skiing that stuff.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by motozine View Post

How much steeper and narrower other glades area compare to the double black BW (third photos i poseted above)? Any photos so i get some idea?  I enjoyed so much those in BW but some of narrow ones was bit tough to control.

Yup, i'm shopping for helmet. I remember not many people wear helmet before but see a lot of people do now.  Didn't know why it really needs till i discovered the glades, now sure i know.  Maybe i just wear my motorcycle helmet   to be really safe.   
I need ski goggles too, lost my old one somewhere.

It was Jan6~10th. Was I lucky or every year it gets like that?
Don't know how much better it can be since it was first time in NH just can't wait till go back again.

I'm thinking about another trip sometime around first or Second week of Feb. 

I see MRG has 3day ticket with just one dollar more of 2days ticket.  Sounds like good deal.  Stowe seems more expensive and furthur north.  So if I want to head area closer to NYC and looking for fun glades is MRG the best pick? How about Sugarbush?


Thanks so much for postings.



Most glades tend to be steeper and tighter than the ones at BW. Some much more so. The exceptions being the beginner glades. I was at BW with my family the day of the 34" dump also and we skied some of the glades. Very difficult to keep any speed with that much snow. The conditions you hit shortly after were pretty darn good. That was a freakish snowfall and BW got more than pretty much anywhere else. It was almost too much given the layout at BW. Not enough sustained pitch so there was still a ton of fresh available at the end of the day because if you tried to ski it w/o mega wide boards you just stopped. Too flat. Keep at it and get a helmet! Look at the spaces, not the trees.
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