Skiing Tuckerman Ravine
Tuckerman Ravine is a glacial cirque sloping eastward on the southeast face of Mt. Washington, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Although it draws hikers throughout the year, and skiers throughout the winter, it is best known for the many “spring skiers” who ascend it on foot and ski down the steep slope from early April into July.
In this period, the temperatures are relatively mild but the natural snowpack — which averages up to 55 feet (17 m) in a typical winter — is still adequate to ski most seasons. The record-setting high winds atop Mount Washington scour a massive amount of snow from the surrounding highlands and drop it here or in the adjacent Huntington Ravine.
Literally thousands of people have been known to ski Tuckerman in a single spring weekend. Combine a day of skiing at Tuckerman Ravine with a stay at The Wentworth on our off season low rates and it makes for the perfect weekend. Not a skier, simply hike up to the ravine with a lunch provided by The Wentworth and watch the skiers. The ravine is most easily accessed from the AMC lodge on Route 16 at Pinkham Notch just north of The Wentworth, via the moderate 2.4-mile (3.9 km) lower section of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. This trail is maintained in winter and spring as a “cat” trail, and parallels the Sherburne Trail used for ski and snowboard descents. It is a 1,850-foot (560 m) elevation drop from the foot of Tuckerman to the lodge.
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