South Baldface | slippery brook
Project Type: Glade
Status: Preliminary Approval
Level: Federal (USFS)
Location: Chatham, NH
Ability Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Vertical Drop: 2,000 +/-
Glade Chief: Steve Dupuis
GBA Team: Steve Dupuis, Mason Irish, Ryan Albert
Partners: WMNF, Chatham Trails Association
South Baldface Project. Located almost directly on the state line separating Chatham, New Hampshire and Stow, Maine, South Baldface Mountain has long been an area of desire by skiers due to its tree-less alpine summit. However, due to the dense nature of the woods, the area below tree line is not able to be skied “without a hockey mask” says Baldface Glade Chief and GBA Board Member Steve Dupuis. The importance of this project in relation to GBA's strategic plan is to deliver on GBA's objective to create new backcountry skiing opportunities for skiers and riders, Further, the project works to diffuse traffic in other more popular nearby backcountry areas by sending them to Evans Notch. Evans Notch, home of South Baldface, is an overlooked gem and contains many opportunities for further exploration and potential glade projects in the future.
Slippery Brook Glade. The initial proposed area of interest is at or around the slippery brook trail which connects into the alpine snowfields. The vertical from the summit snowfields varies upon year, but is generally over 2,000 vertical feet from top to bottom. The trailhead has existing parking and bathrooms so the area is “a turnkey project”, said Dupuis. “GBA is looking forward to creating new and approved terrain in Evans Notch, diffusing congestion in other parts of the Whites, the economic impact it will bring to the local businesses, and mostly the quality of skiing. We’ll be able to take advantage of the area’s alpine conditions and weave that into gladed ski runs creating an incredibly unique user experience. It will be nothing short of spectacular!”
Timeline. WMNF officials are reviewing environmental impacts this summer and a public comment period will be issued at a later time (currently targeted as late summer). The earliest this glade project would enter implementation stage is early fall 2017 to be ready for winter 2018.