Spring brings skiers to Mount Washington
For a lot of die-hard downhillers, they're still clamped to their feet.
Throngs of spring skiing enthusiasts continue to head for the high country and the challenging runs in Mount Washington's Tuckerman Ravine.
Tuck's isn't for everyone. It's home to some of the most extreme skiing in the East, with pitches reaching 55 degrees. And you have to earn your turns. A run in the ravine can only be accomplished after hiking about 2 1/2 miles uphill, carrying skis and other supplies on your back (or dragging them up in a sled, as some folks prefer to do). And a day in the ravine is a day outdoors. There's no ski lodge to duck into, so visitors need to be prepared for changes in the weather with appropriate clothing. Nor is there food service up there, so food also needs to be carried in. A pump provides potable water, but be sure to start your hike with a full bottle or two. A minimum intake of two quarts of water per day is recommended.
More information is available at outdoors.org and mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org.
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