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Ski the Glade event gives skiers the chance to remember


Mt. Hood Museums living history event runs for its 11th year on March 1

On Saturday, March 1, Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum will hold its Ski the Glade event in Government Camp for the 11th year.

Once a year, under permit from the U.S. Forest Service, the historic Glade Ski Trail is opened and groomed for the event of participatory living history. The 3-mile downhill ski trail, which was popular a couple decades ago when the trail was regularly groomed, runs from Timberline to Government Camp.

“This is a chance for grandparents to ski with their grandchildren and share the memories of skiing the Glade Trail when it was the biggest ski adventure on Mount Hood,” said museum curator Lloyd Musser.

This year’s guest of honor is John Wilberding.

Wilberding has held a number of positions in the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol since he began with the patrol in 1970, and helped it make several strides in becoming more welcoming to women.

When Wilberding was training director from 1983 to 1985, Mt. Hood Ski Patrol graduated one of its largest classes of new woman patrolers.

This achievement followed changes that Wilberding made to the ski test to focus more on ski technique and finesse rather than physical size and power.

As a captain, he was an advocate for allowing greater participation by women. When he became patrol chief, he set up an objective strength test in response to the tendency of some examiners to reject female candidates based on the stereotype that they were too weak. As a result, far more women joined Mt. Hood Ski Patrol.

Ski the Glade is limited to 75 skiers. Tickets are $100 per person, with a 10 percent discount offered to members of Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum.

A portion of the ticket price is deductible as a donation to the center and museum.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or by calling 503-722-3301.

Skiers are shuttled to Timberline, escorted by local guides and senior members of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, and served lunch. Shuttles run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing for several runs.

Following the event is an after ski party, which includes prizes. Skiiers are encouraged to wear vintage ski clothing.