Glade skiing

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Glade skiing, also known as tree skiing, is downhill skiing through trees off-trail or on a defined woods trail. Skiing glades may be part of an alpine, telemark, or alpine touring descent.

Glades are variously sought for their solitude, beauty, or caches of ungroomed powder. Woods also tend to hold better snow longer thanks to the shade and shelter trees provide.

Ski resorts may have defined glade trails, ungroomed glade areas, or boundary-to-boundary policies. Glade skiing is inherently more dangerous than skiing on trails and usually reserved for experts, though moderate glade terrain exists. Hazards such as cliffs or streams may or may not be blocked off by ski patrol. Other dangers include tree wells, logs, stumps, and the trees themselves.