Skiing Picture Above and In the McKay Glades - Boomerang Chair - Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island.
It is my opinion that the McKay glades is one of the easiest ways down to the bottom of the Boomerang chair. You can see in skiing pictures 4 and 5 that this slope is very steep. It takes a lot of courage and confidence in your skiing or snowboarding ability to make those downhill turns on terrain this steep through a forest of trees.
Sometimes non-skiers and snowboarders wrongly assume that tree skiing is hard on the body. Of course, this is only the case if you are unlucky enough or unskilled enough to run into one - a tree that is.
Picture Gallery - Skiing Pictures above, in and below the McKay Glades, Mt. Washington. Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them, hover to change the description.
Skiing Pictures above, in and below the McKay Glades, Mt. Washington.
Above the main picture (From Left to Right) 1. This picture is taken on the flats above the McKay Glades. The cut you can see in the right center of the picture is Billabong and the run disappearing to the right is Copper. Note to snowboarders - stay high to get across the flats! 2. Here are three snowboarders that have made it across the flats to the top of the McKay glades. They have stopped to catch their breath and taken in the beautiful skiing picture. 3. The top of the McKay Glades are quite gentle with the trees well spaced. This provides some of the best glade skiing at the resort. 4. As you proceed down the hill the incline gets dramatically steeper. On new snow days this can be a great place to play. Definitely double black diamond terrain. 5. This is the skiing picture that you see when you come to the edge of the McKay Glades. Here you can really see how steep the hill is with the chair far below.
Safely First When Tree Skiing
Tree skiing is in a lot of ways like mogul skiing. You use the same muscle groups; require quick side to side motion and quick short radius turns. The obvious difference is the solid trees that stand in the way.
To maintain your safety you must ski or ride in control at all times. It is important to maintain your balance and flexibility so you can adapt quickly to any unanticipated obstacles.
Expect the unexpected and of course always wear your helmet while playing in the glades. In glades that are on a steep pitch like these it is important to perfect that little jump at the end of each turn.
The jumps will help you get the ski tips around in powder and control your rate of descent. Be sure to take time out from skiing the McKay glades to enjoy the great skiing picture you will find here. Enjoy.
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