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Ski the Glade and ski into history

Annual Event opens historic run for the only time this year


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - SUBMITTED PHOTO Skiers enjoy The Glade Trail during a previous Ski the Glade event.  Skiers can glide from Timberline Lodge to the Village of Government Camp during the 10th annual Ski the Glade event, which is scheduled to take place March 2.

“We call it a red carpet day of skiing,” said Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum Curator Lloyd Musser. “You’re pampered all day.”

Tickets can be purchased through the museum website (MtHoodMuseum.org) or by calling 503-272-3301.

Constructed in the 1930s, the historic Glade Trail was to be considered more of a European-style ski run, which meant longer, more drawn out runs.

The Glade spans three miles from Timberline Lodge to the Village of Government Camp and will be groomed — the only time this year — for the event.

Participants will be wined and dined in an aprés ski affair, a French term that literally translates to “after skiing.” Food and wine will be included in each ticket.

Shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will grant skiers as many runs as they can handle within that time.

“It’s a living history type of activity,” Musser added, also explaining that technically the event is in its 11th year, but due to a lack of snow, it was canceled several years back.

Musser invites older skiers to bring their kids and grandchildren to enjoy the event and show them how people skied in the early days.

Senior members of the Ski Patrol will also be on hand for safety, and a new exhibit illustrating the Ski Patrol’s 75 years of service is also now on display at the museum.

The exhibit will include such relics as the first toboggan, and other items that have evolved through the 75 years.

“I don’t know too many places where you can ski three miles from one resort to another,” Musser said. “We want everyone to have a good experience.”