Maple Villa Glade Backcountry Ski Trip
- Colin Wilson (C coS), James Turitto (A coC S), Lulu Russell (coB coS)
- Trip level
- Trip date
- Sunday, January 13th, 2019
- Difficulty rating
- Strong Intermediate or Better Downhill Skiier/Boarder, comfortable skiing in trees
We're heading to the Maple Villa GBA glade in Intervale, NH.
For those that are new to backcountry skiing you may not realize the following:
- You will not get to “warm up on a green” and may have to start off on black-level (steeper) terrain.
- Conditions are unknown and objective hazards (exposed rocks, bushes, etc.) may make runs narrower or more difficult than slope indicates. For instance, you may have to navigate a slope that has exposed rocks because of low snow coverage.
- Skinning up is equal in difficulty to a strenuous hike (i.e. a continuously steep uphill climb) with the extra weight of skis on your feet, so good fitness is important.
This is an advanced ski trip through a gladed tree area. The skin track to the top of the glades is about 3 miles long with 1700" of elevation gain. There are 7 trails down the mountain with varying difficulties. We have the option to lap the upper sections of the glade before making our way down to the parking lot. A full run of the ski runs is around 1.5 miles.
Originally constructed in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Maple Villa Glade blends a mix of expert to intermediate terrain including a meandering skin track to the upper elevations that puts the mind at ease. With spectacular views of Mt. Washington from No. 3 glade, you’ll want to explore all of the 7 glade lines.
The galde was redone in 2018 through the summer and fall by the Granite Backcountry Alliance, including a trail day attended by a group from MITOC.
- first-come, first-serve
- Maximum participants
- Signups opened at
- Jan. 9, 2019, noon
- Signups closed at
- Jan. 10, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
- Do you have a backcountry setup or do you need to rent from MITOC?
- How many years have you been skiing or snowboarding?
- How often have you skied/snowboarded in the last 3 years: (a) less than 5 times; (b) less than 5 times a season; (c) less than 10 times a season; (d) more than 10 times a season?
- How comfortable are you on (Not at all, Somewhat, Very): (a) blues; (b) black diamonds; (c) double blacks?
- At a resort, what do you like to ski: blues, blacks, double blacks?
- Are you comfortable skiing in trees or gladed areas with tight turns and many objective hazards? (Y/N)