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Glade gladness

Mt. Hood Museum offers unique skiing experience
by: contributed photo, Skiers enjoy some of Mount Hood's most exclusive terrain during last year's Ski the Glade.

Lloyd Musser, curator of the Mt. Hood Museum and Cultural Center, knows of only one place in the country where you can ski a mountain trail for several miles without riding a lift. And it just happens to be in our collective back yard.

On Saturday, March 3, the museum will host its annual Ski the Glade fund-raiser and a chance to ski Mount Hood in the traditional fashion. Skiers will be bused to Timberline Lodge from the museum and escorted back down by local guides for a 3-mile journey.

'We started doing it just as a way to raise money, plus it works with our living history,' Musser said. 'It's been very popular.'

The event, which began six years ago, allows skiers and snowboarders to experience the mountain and its terrain like few can these days. The museum will groom the Glade Trail - an open area on the mountain that is fit for all levels of skiers - offering a more 'European' way of skiing, Musser says.

Skiers arrive at the museum at 8 a.m. for coffee and donuts, with the first shuttle leaving at 9 a.m. The final shuttle leaves at 3:30 p.m., and participants can make as many runs as they can fit in. Skiers are also treated to lunch, including sausage soup, chili, cookies and a vegetarian option.

Tickets for the event are $100, and participation is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call 503-272-3301.