Finding the Glades
To find a glade we look first for total vertical feet, then at forest type. Mature trees will provide a dense canopy, which limits undergrowth, which is good! Some glades are this way by nature, while others need some light clearing.
Once we find a prominent hill with a skiable forest type, we look at the aspect, or which cardinal direction the hill is facing. We also look at slope. These two features together will determine the snow conditions; a south face will melt down faster, whereas a north face may be windblown.
Then, we have land ownership; if the land is public, great! If we need to do minor forest alteration and maintenance, we need to obtain a permit from the county, state, or national forest.
Finally access and skier ability; how do we get there, and who will enjoy themselves skiing there?
At the crossroads of these factors are the glades that we have found thus far, in our focus area, from Finland to Lutsen. We have compiled descriptions, directions and detailed maps for each one, which are available to our members. Join us today to support the development of our Glades!