Want to help add 5,000 vertical feet to the Granite Backcountry Alliance (GBA) glade network in New Hampshire and western Maine? Then you’ve got to go Back(country) to the Future.”
GBA, a nonprofit organization developing backcountry skiing terrain has announced its 2023 glade tour, which will focus on revitalizing two defunct downhill areas: Burnt Meadow Mountain in Brownfield, Maine, and Page Hill in Tamworth, N.H.) The “Backcountry to the Future,” fall glade season will help improve the GBA glade network, known as Graniteland, with terrain varying from wide logging roads to tight tree turns.
“We’re thrilled to partner with local landowners and recreation groups to revitalize terrain in Brownfield and Tamworth, enhancing access to below tree line backcountry skiing opportunities in northern New England,” GBA founder Tyler Ray said. “The beauty of this glade season is merging the old school, ski from the heart mentality with the passion of a new user group. We’re bringing life back to these beloved ski areas through a sustainable model of low-maintenance, human-powered recreating that is centered around conservation and stewardship. It’s a win-win for local communities and for our members who are stoked for new adventures.”
The GBA glade tour kicks off Oct. 14, at Burnt Meadow Mountain. Burnt Meadow Mountain ski area operated from 1971-1982. The property is now managed by the Burnt Meadow Sno Club, which is partnering with GBA to create a shared human-powered and motorized oasis for winter recreation and spur economic development.