There is a story to be told behind every slope here at Polar Peak.
People often ask us "how did you come with the name....?"
Here is the story behind each of our slopes.
Upper Glade /
seems every ski area has a trail that is called "Glade",
North Glade, Slalom Glade, East Glade, West Glade,
you get the pictures. We wanted our signature run to
have a signature name, and "Glade" seemed a perfect
fit. Today the Glades continue to be our signature trail. Lower
Glade continues to be our trademark run for first to open and
last to close, snowmaking, and night skiing, Skiing from October
until May. Upper Glade has been a night time favorite since 1993
and gets some snowmaking attention too.
original name of this slope was called "Kick Turn 10"
or KT-10 for short since it took about 10 kick turns to carefully
negotiate the drifted areas. The trail was renamed Polar Drop
in 1992 and the name stuck. This slope has the most southerly
exposure, yet the position on the hill allows it to get a good
accumulation of drifting snow. The rest of the peak can be scalped
and there can be 3' on this run. We occasionally groom it however
it is more fun when we have enough snow to allow it to bump up,
which happens quickly when there are bluebird skies. Due to the
fact that the slope is narrow, typically has a lot of snow, and
bumps up it is considered a double diamond run.
We had a number of plans for this run through
the years including a terrain park and a place for tubing, but
in the end when we did away with the Beginner Novice learning
area in 1999 Polar Bear was the most logical new beginner slope.
The name Polar Bear seemed a logical choice considering the terrain
here is gentle enough to learn without being intimidated. It is
also adjacent to the next slope up in difficultly, Jericho, which
is only a short walk *or ropetow ride* away.
far a Polar Peak favorite! The exposure and openeness of Chute
makes it an amazing experience, especially when there is a good
snow pack. It has the steepest pitch at about 42 degrees, however
once you learn the best lines it isn't as intimidating. We have
had our best skiing experiences on the Chute, March 93, April
97 and March 07 come to mind.
The slope is a fun jot down from the mid-station
but the name means absolutely nothing, it was derived out of thin
air during an invigorating lunch around our grandmother's table
in 1992. It sounded different so we went with it. Also, it sounded
better than Lower Chute
close as we have come to being out west without physically being
out west. This area of the hill came online around 1994 after
much work clearing rocks and debris. We would let this area grow
in with higher grass to help trap drifting snow and as a result
we would end up with good accumulations in an area that would
require kick turns to negotiate. At one point we combined this
run and the Chute to create "The Great Eastern Bowl"
but we split the two apart again since we typically groom the
Chute and leave the Bowl (which actually is part of a bowl) untouched
for powder skiing. A little more effort and knowledge of negotiating
steep runs and power is required, making it a double black diamond
run was Originally opened in 1994 and called the "Recreational
Racing Slope" Then it was later renamed Polar Way, then Slalom
Glade, then Race Trail, until we renamed it Arctic Alley in 2003.
There are no plans to rename it again. We had originally set up
a slalom course on this run, but we got bored with it so went
back to just making it a standard slope. It is a fun cruiser from
the top with a nice exposure.
Up until 2009 this area of the hill was
often neglected due to the fact that we didn't have enough time
to mow or manicure it. We occasionally did a few runs on what
we dubbed the "North Snowfield" however it lacked character.
In 2009 our new mowing machine allowed us to open this area up
and manicure it. As a result we created, Cascade.
is an alternative run back to the base area. It starts off with
a bit of an incline followed by a bit of a slough to get back
to the base area. At one point we called this trail Carpenter
Run (we still refer to the flat area by that name). Why the name
Fox Run? Because during the summer months foxes and coyotes are
often seen in this area.
signature run, Polar Run, was one of the original slopes that
we opened with back in 1991. The slope extends 1/4 mile down to
the base area, meandering along the ridge line. There are great
views of the Catskill Mountains, and Taconic Hill range on the
journey back to the base area.
and machine made terrain features are all around Polar Peak, from
natural bumps, spines, to moguls. Officially designated in 2013
Yukon Park is what we call our area wide terrain features, many
years it starts with the mogul field that is formed on Lower Glade,
other years it starts with a good natural snowfall. From the trees
between Glade and Drop to the mini natural half pipe off Polar
Run, its all about the Yukon!
years sledding was designated to Fox Run in good snow years. As
the kids all started getting old enough to enjoy the outdoors
but a little too young to enjoy skiing and riding all season we
thought about the idea of a small area on the hill for Tubing.
Tundra Tubing was officially born in 2014 in the area off of Jericho's
Gulch in front of the lodge. 2 chutes, each 141' long, only way
up is to hike it, still a fun ride down!