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Your Favorite Glade/Tree Runs

JimG.

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We seem to end up in the same places.. I was there for that..got stuck overnight after bailing on Stowe and woke up to some good stuff. The top was windblasted ice but that didn't matter.

I had a good experience at Okemo last season as well. South Face area was very good after a late week snowfall. Plenty of untracked snow in trees right under the lift. The on map glades were fun also. And kudos for putting a tavern right in the parking lot.
 

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interesting, thanks for that.

Crank is essentially correct.
If you want to do Big Jay get David Goodmans book on east coast BC skiing. it has a chapter on BJ.
Be prepared if you go and buddy up. 2 years ago a kid at the resort crashed and snapped a femur out there. not pretty and it took patrol a while to get out there.
Your on your own with the dip
 

Edd

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I had a good experience at Okemo last season as well. South Face area was very good after a late week snowfall. Plenty of untracked snow in trees right under the lift. The on map glades were fun also. And kudos for putting a tavern right in the parking lot.

Don’t know Okemo well but just looked at a map. Is that tavern called The Ice House?
 

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I could go on and on forever in this thread...

Obviously as far as reliable conditions in the woods go, you can't beat Jay. Favorites there are Everglade, Staircase, Vertigo, and Jet Woods. Some other good ones mentioned here but IMO they get a little too much traffic compared to the ones I mentioned. Burke took a couple of ny favorites and neutered them (Scooby Doo and Rerun) but the ones into East Bowl and Jungle are still terrific.

Smuggs...Shakedown is a great on map glade. Doc Dempseys was in rough shape last time I was there. Off map is the place to go there. Stowe, I have barely ever skied off map there, but Goat Woods, S-53, and other stuff in that area is terrific.

MRG has such good trail skiing that I've never really gone off map there. Sugarbush I'm not all that familiar with the woods on North, but on South I honestly love a lot of the stuff off Valley House with Steins Woods being my favorite.

Killington's glades are incredibly underrated. Julio and Anarchy are among my all time favorites, but the Throne on a warm spring day is always terrific as well. Okemo and Stratton are surprisingly good with glades...everyone says Test Pilot at Stratton but I love the glades off Ursa. Okemos has good ones on South Ridge and the ones on Jackson Gore are nice and long.

The Trials at Mt Snow are where I fell in love with glade skiing. For southern VT, the expansiveness is unmatched and they hold snow very well.

Cannon has Kinsman, enough said. (Actually the ones off the summit are fantastic as well). Loon has some good ones off East Basin plus the one on South.

Sunday River has great ones on White Cap and some other nice long ones elsewhere, plus fun liftline cuts which I enjoy almost as much. Sugarloaf has Kick Back, Dropline, Branding Ax. Still haven't skied Brackett.

Gores glades are worth a ride even if you don't live close. As is Plattekill.

But these were all ruined (just kidding!) once I spent a day in Eagle Wind at Winter Park. A whole new world.

this.
agree on all points except the bottom 3. have not been there.
 

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Lets see if I have photos from some my favorites. Can you guys see these?

Casablanca Glades at Saddleback, ME


Flying Monkey Glade at Sunday River, ME


Cloudsplitter Glade at Whiteface, NY


Mineshaft Glade at Blue Knob, PA


Paradise at Mad River Glen, VT
 
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pics working

The top part of Casablanca 3 & 4 is straight out of another world -- not quite above tree line but due to the exposure it basically is for a while. I put it first on my list without a second thought. (RIP)
 

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Here's a few more:
Exterminator Glades at Mt. Ellen


Needles Eye at Breckenridge


Castor Glade at Taos


Brackett Basin at Sugarloaf


Castle Creek at Sierra at Tahoe


Bear Paw Glades at Aspen Mtn
 

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I spent three days at Big Sky last Feb 2019 in near white0ut conditions. Great snow, but hard to remember what the heck I skied. Summit tram was closed almost all the time I was there and I never got up it.:x These glade shots are from Shedhorn chair IIRC.
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This one is from Southern Comfort chair where the glades are easier and also very fun
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Shedhorn and Dakota are it! (Glades)

Also on the Moonlight basin side, there’re lots and lots of glades too. (though according to a certain poster, Moonlight basin is a “waste of time”. So if you skied it, don’t post it here...)
 

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Don't miss out on Andersite as well. Snake Pit is great as are the trees either side of War Dance. Also, these lifts tend to keep turning when the rest of Lone Peak shuts down due to wind. Some more classic feeling black trails off Lone Moose chair tend to stay less touched for days. Some tight non mapped trees off that chair too.

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Thanks for Big Sky info. Pretty much what I suspected based on map and reading a trip report or 2.

Here's a few pics from 1 of many off map at Magic.

I love the mellow glade/tree action at Magic.

Love the steeper stuff too.

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Nothing to see at Ragged, just drive by to other places...

Seriously they have a high ratio of glade acreage to mountain size. Big snow transforms that place into a great day.

No particular glade trail in general, most are really good.
 

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Nothing to see at Ragged, just drive by to other places...

Seriously they have a high ratio of glade acreage to mountain size. Big snow transforms that place into a great day.

No particular glade trail in general, most are really good.

Unfortunately they need the big snow which rarely happens


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Pipecleaner (or whatever they renamed it to a few years back) at Sugarloaf will be my favorite for all time.

We’re regulars at SR now and rarely make the longer drive to the loaf, but Pipe holds a special place for me. Not steep (off west side of Timberline chair), but whoever thinned those trees knew EXACTLY what they were doing. I get into a great flow, time after time. Other tree runs may be gnarlier, but in Pipe I’m in the zone the whole way down, no pauses. Love the other woods runs there, too, but this one is special to me.

Have to get back there this season when the woods are in. And this time, the kids are old enough to join in...






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