Freefall Glades

Stowe

One of the hardest unmarked glades on the mountain.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
207 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
80 m
Low Point
847 m
High Point
928 m
Gradient
31˚
Freefall Glades Map

About half way down Freefall, there is a traverse into the woods to skiers right. This leads out to F.I.S. About half way across this traverse, there is a steep drop into the woods. This can sometimes be roped off and anyone who’s skied it knows why. Freefall Glades are extremely tight and rocky, even on the biggest snow years it can be hard to negotiate these woods. After the first half of the glade, you have the option of taking a left or a right. To skiers right there is a mandatory drop, to skiers left there’s a bunch of stumps and rocks. In the early season there is a rope that can be used to help negotiate this section, but later in the year this can be burried. The bottom half of the glade is a little wider with small evergreens that let in sunlight. Freefall glades end on F.I.S.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March

Features

  • Face
  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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