The very big negative is the "rockiness" of the glade base. I hit the glades around 3-4 years ago during the course of two straight 15+ inch dumps. That would be the best possible scenario I could imagine for good cover. Unfortunately, I ended up with 3 major base welds during the two days (still worth it for the rest of the skiing). On the East Wall Glades (skier's right of Lower Route 66), even with every turn being a hop turn, it was impossible to not hit rocks on *every* turn. Maybe that year Blue Knob did not get the Vermont-style rain period that lays an impenetrable ice layer to form a nice base?
Anyone else have any better or comparable Blue Knob Glade experiences?
The Knob is all about hit or miss. They have few guns so snowmaking is limited. However, when there is lots of natural, That's where I'll always go. It's closer than Snowshoe and has the best terrain of anywhere else within 3 hours.
Sounds like the cover in the glades was a lot better the year you went. I guess it's probably better to have the snow depth accumulate gradually over the course of the season than to get a lot a once. The gradual accumulation means a lot of melting and refreezing, which forms a nice base layer to protect against small obstacles underfoot.
I think I know the gladed area near Stemboggen that your're talking about. Was it half-way down the trail off to the skier's right? That glade follows a natural drainage gully back down to the lift. Some fun turns in there.
[This message has been edited by JohnL (edited 11-15-2002).]