The Iconic Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine in the White Mountains

Written by Morgan Nankivell

Imagine spring time in the White Mountains: the air is cold and damp, the night sky is clear and crisp, there’s rain, sleet, snow and fog all in one day, and there’s still several feet of snow between your Microspikes and the rocky trail below. Heading up to the Hermit Lake shelter in late April, you can expect all of those things, and you most certainly can expect the large groups of adrenaline-junky skiers and boarders trekking up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Some have their skis strapped to packs, and some just ski all the way up to Hermit Lake. Most are completing the three-mile hike in their ski boots. Snow packed three feet thick from the trail head hints at why all of these people have come here – the exhilarating chance to ski one of the most legendary springtime spots.

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