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1) Mapping: On map = glade. Off map = trees.
2) Spacing: Glade = well thinned and fairly to very spread out. Trees = tight
Isn't "glade" an EC term?
Pretty sure i've heard my Cali buddies make this comment before.
I think so. At risk of sounding like a dumb noob, I've never really heard of it until I actually got on this site. I admit, I'm looking it up on Yahoo, trying to figure out WTF you guys are talking about! But my excuse is that I just moved from Idaho. Does that dismiss my term ignorance?
Out west, there were either wide open fields, groomed trails, or trees. We didn't have underbrush like out here. This undergrowth shit blows my mind. But the trees I think are different. Lots of pine out there, no hardwood at all. It's possible they clean out new growth every summer, I don't know. But there's no brush ANYWHERE in the places I skied out west.
Yes, but only for another week.....I think so. At risk of sounding like a dumb noob, I've never really heard of it until I actually got on this site. I admit, I'm looking it up on Yahoo, trying to figure out WTF you guys are talking about! But my excuse is that I just moved from Idaho. Does that dismiss my term ignorance?
I say Glades are areas which have been thinned out by humans with the intent on making tree skiing easier.
A requisite of a glade doesn't necessarily have to be on a map since there are many unmarked glades and areas in the side country which have been cleaned, cut or thinned out over the years.
Ok, but what do then call the holy grail of North East Back Country skiing: the Natural Birch Glade deep in the woods far from any ski resort, where no one has been thinning?
Yes, there are natural glades. That's where the term comes from if you want to get down to it and be very literal. In the context of recreational East Coast skiing though I stand by my viewpoint.