New England’s fall foliage gets all the autumn headlines. But for a certain segment of skiers in the region, September also marks the beginning of #GIMBY season.
That’s at least how Granite Backcountry Alliance has dubbed this fall’s mission of developing new, skiable terrain in New Hampshire and western Maine. Its “Project #GIMBY Glade Tour” presents an opportunity for backcountry skiers and riders to engage with the land and help create a network of a dozen new glades.
GIMBY stands for “Glades in my Backyard,” according to GBA founder Tyler Ray. “Because everyone should be so blessed to have a glade in their backyard,” he said.
“We have an endless pull of future users coming from an alpine skiing environment where they want to try something a little different. We try to meet the demand and, at the same time, be ecologically sensitive and balanced in our management approach.”