Ski The Glade Day
Downhill skiing through the open trees and glades on the south slope of Mt. Hood was a popular activity for a period of 80 years. Starting in 1900 skiers climbed from Government Camp to general area near Timberline Lodge and skied down to the village. Once the road to Timberline Lodge was constructed skiers were transported to the Lodge by commercial bus or private vehicle. Two downhill ski trails were constructed, marked and maintained by the Forest Service in 1937. The Forest Service and Mt. Hood Ski Patrol regularly patrolled the trails. Accidents due to poor ski equipment and over confident skiers created a dilemma for all involved. A private individual began grooming the Glade Trail as a service to the public and the accident rate plummeted to minor levels. This all came to an end, when the private good Samaritan stopped grooming the trail in the early 1980’s. Today only the occasional adventurous skier ventures down the Glade Trail.
A large population of Mt. Hood skiers over the age of 40 have fond memories of Glade Trail skiing in the good old days.
The mission of the Government Camp Historical Society, d.b.a. Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum, a nonprofit educational organization is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Mt. Hood, Oregon, with special emphasis on winter sports. Participatory living history is one program that contributes to fulfilling this mission. Glade trail skiing is risky and not recommended today due to lack of snow grooming and emergency services. This event will allow skiers to relive the unique experience of skiing the Glade Trail and educate new skiers of this historical activity.
This event will also serve as a fundraiser event for the Museum. A limited number of participants will be treated to a full day of skiing. The day will start with morning coffee and end with an apres ski party at the museum. Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Ski Patrol and Luxury Accommodations are the major support organizations for this event. The event will be based at the museum in Government Camp. Skiers will be transported to Timberline via Luxury Accommodations vans. Skiers will ski the Glade Trail in small groups with a local experienced guide, and be accompanied by two senior Mt. Hood Ski Patrol members. The Glade Trail is located on National Forest Lands outside the Timberline Lodge permit area. A special use permit will be executed with the Mt. Hood National Forest for this one-day event.
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