Today WB opened up the Seventh Heaven area for the first time this season--which meant some good powder skiing. Unfortunately on my first run down I directed myself into the glades. And I suddenly remembered that I'm terrified of glades.
I genuinely love moguls and ungroomed stuff. Chop's a ton of fun. And I enjoy powder when the run is rather open (eg when you can bork up a turn without worry of falling off a cliff). I would ski all of these types of terrain over a groomer any day. But glades absolutely terrify me.
Some of the issues I see:
Unpredictability. Glade runs wouldn't be so bad if there were a tree here or there... but it seems like glade runs are either all or nothing. And a lot of runs that start out comfortably sparse suddenly become totally gnarly once you get a bit further down. So you're often stuck slogging through evergreen hell. And sometimes the ground just falls away--like there'll be a drop that you just weren't anticipating and aren't ready to handle. And sometimes there are horrible roots sticking out that could end your ski season due to a single wrong turn.
Turning control. Glades are usually bumped up... which would be fine in a nice open bump field where you can just turn wherever. But for some reason, the distance between troughs and peaks seems to be waaaaay larger in glade areas, and the bumps are basically malformed ovals instead of more circular. So it's tough to ski them nicely... I find if I stop, my skis are often bowing between two moguls ... plus you lose a lot of your line options because of trees blocking your turning path. (your centre of mass can't be where a tree is...)
I don't know what I'm hoping for. (violins or a symphony, maybe?) But I probably need to get good at and comfortable with glades if I ever hope to pass my CSIA level 3. I just don't know. On my last exam, most of my skills were consolidation-level; my only refinement-level skill was keeping skis parallel. Maybe you need refinement-level skills to ski glades well.. I dunno...anyway, what would you suggest?