Treeskier.com is a private endeavor to promote the adoption of forest management programs at eastern ski areas.
Powder skiing and trees are inextricably linked in eastern ski areas. Located at elevations below 4000 feet, the eastern ski experience is defined by the forest. Trails are artificially maintained breaks in the forest. The forest edges catch and hold natural snow on the trails, trees hold the thin mountain soils in place preventing landslides, and trees are fun and challenging to ski through.
Most snow sport enthusiasts have observed that ski trails become wider with time. Gladed trails also become more open because as trail trees mature and die, none take their places. Treeskier.com was created to promote the concept of annual forest management programs to make eastern tree skiing sustainable. While artificial snowmaking is requisite for any eastern ski area to survive, the premier skiing occurs in natural snow. Simple, low-tech, annual forest management practices will: