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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    Devil's Den at Killington gets my vote. It's a crazy 5-15 foot wide skiable "chute" with impenetrable brush on either side. Air is not mandatory but it's available. I don't think patrol has opened it (the top part) in the past couple of years.

    The trees to the left of Sugarbush Paradise are probably harder but I don't venture too deep in there knowing I could get myself in big trouble really quickly.

    Really though this is all relative to what you think makes a "challenging" glade. For me, the challenge goes up as I have less and less options. That's why Devil's Den gets my vote- once you're in there are many spots where you have two routes down to point your skis and that's it. The reality is in many tree skiing areas unless you get "cliffed out" you can navigate down as long as you've got snow...unconnected turns, sideslipping, traversing.
    I thought a "glade" is defined as patch of trees you have multiple lines?

    When the trees got so thick you can't go through, the only skiable path left gets skied into a bobsled run, it's just a ... chute!

    (A "chute" may be super challenging, add cliffs with mandatory air. But those would not be classified as glades? )

    I'm not one who seek out the most difficult lines. And I freely admit I don't have the balls (nor the skill) to do any lines with real consequence. But I found the appeal of glades is the variety of paths. One can go back to a patch of glades many times without repeating the same line.

  2. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by spiderpig View Post
    I second the latter part, as I got in there last year on December 1 and did not know when to head right to get back to the trail. I had to traverse over a down tree and a creek, mostly with my skis on because of the amount of fresh snow. I didn't think the skiing part was particularly challenging compared to what I've done at Jay and Killington, though.

    Stowe to skier's right of the gondola is the hardest thing I've ever done, but not sure if it counts as it is basically one skier width through the trees more than half of the time. I want to say Stein's Woods at Sugarbush was pretty hard, but it was an hour before sunset for me after skiing trees/moguls almost all day.
    You can go very far back into the woods off of Paradise at Sugarbush and don't really have to worry about getting lost. The woods dump you out onto bailout which is the trail the connects Lincoln peak to Castlerock. The further you go in the more challenging it gets. If you stay close to the trail there are wide open areas.

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  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    I thought a "glade" is defined as patch of trees you have multiple lines?

    When the trees got so thick you can't go through, the only skiable path left gets skied into a bobsled run, it's just a ... chute!
    Well they don't make 'em like Doc Dempsey's Glades any more, really. I think skiers have pushed for more "woods-like" skiing with a variety of obstacles, varying sections and so forth.

    You make a good point about this not always being a good thing though. There's a reason Angel Food is highly regarded even if not especially difficult. There are certainly a lot of "glades" that ski more like bobsled runs (top 1/2 of 19th Hole qualifies as such).

    We could do another post on "Favorite Glade/Tree runs" and perhaps the answers would be somewhat different instead of just trying to think of the hardest ones to properly ski.

    In that case I'd mention Valhalla and Timbuktu at Jay instead of the chutes.

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyr View Post
    You can go very far back into the woods off of Paradise at Sugarbush and don't really have to worry about getting lost. The woods dump you out onto bailout which is the trail the connects Lincoln peak to Castlerock. The further you go in the more challenging it gets. If you stay close to the trail there are wide open areas.

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  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by spiderpig View Post
    Good to know I didn't go far left ENOUGH!
    If you pucker it's pretty flat on the way back to Paradise

  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by spiderpig View Post
    Good to know I didn't go far left ENOUGH!
    Btw I believe the out of bounds glades that you are referring off to the skiers right of the gondola at Stowe is called the kitchen wall. I wanted to ski it last year but the glades were too icy the days I was up there. It's on my list to try this season though!

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  7. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    Well they don't make 'em like Doc Dempsey's Glades any more, really. I think skiers have pushed for more "woods-like" skiing with a variety of obstacles, varying sections and so forth.

    You make a good point about this not always being a good thing though. There's a reason Angel Food is highly regarded even if not especially difficult. There are certainly a lot of "glades" that ski more like bobsled runs (top 1/2 of 19th Hole qualifies as such).

    We could do another post on "Favorite Glade/Tree runs" and perhaps the answers would be somewhat different instead of just trying to think of the hardest ones to properly ski.

    In that case I'd mention Valhalla and Timbuktu at Jay instead of the chutes.
    I haven't been to smuggs yet, the terrain looks great there. A favorite glades post I bet would have different responses. Valhalla is my favorite glade there, followed by Kitz woods.

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  8. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    Maybe I took a wrong turn once in there and left the “on map” section but if not my vote goes to Bravinator woods at Sugarbush. I stayed a little left after entering and it got so tight it wasn’t even as wide as my skis for about the entire second half of the run. Real gnarly if that area was still what the mountain considers the trail. While not on the map, the entrance skiers’s right on the top of birch run led to what was the longest,sketchiest chute I’ve ever skied. Maybe it would have been better with some fresh snow but it was a luge track when I did it and was so dicey. Come around a corner and there’s people stopped and there’s nothing you can do to avoid hitting them (or hitting trees). Eventually opened up to some decent skiing but not worth dealing with the top section in my opinion.




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    I've only skied Mt Ellen one day and did get a chance to hit any of the glades. The trees from Bravo woods to Exterminator woods look fantastic.

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  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyr View Post
    I believe the out of bounds glades that you are referring off to the skiers right of the gondola at Stowe is called the kitchen wall.
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  10. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    Well they don't make 'em like Doc Dempsey's Glades any more, really. I think skiers have pushed for more "woods-like" skiing with a variety of obstacles, varying sections and so forth.

    You make a good point about this not always being a good thing though. There's a reason Angel Food is highly regarded even if not especially difficult. There are certainly a lot of "glades" that ski more like bobsled runs (top 1/2 of 19th Hole qualifies as such).

    We could do another post on "Favorite Glade/Tree runs" and perhaps the answers would be somewhat different instead of just trying to think of the hardest ones to properly ski.

    In that case I'd mention Valhalla and Timbuktu at Jay instead of the chutes.
    Some of the stuff mentioned in here for being difficult kind of sound like they suck. I prefer flow for skiing trees, not that weird two turns to close out to traverse to whatever. I guess that stuff is “hard” but is it really fun?

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