In the world of East Coast ski writing, putting together a piece on Tuckerman Ravine is pretty unoriginal. It's been done before, and it's hard to find a fresh angle, so I'm not even going to try. Tuckerman is timeless and will always be the best place to spend a warm weekend in April. There will always be first timers, grizzled mountain men, and everyone in between. We can enjoy the ravine differently, but there area few things that everyone should know about the place.
I'll spare you the history lesson, but suffice it to say that Tuckerman has pretty much been the spiritual center of East Coast skiing for the last century (Good history lesson: Here). If you haven't yet made the pilgrimage to
To the uninitiated, the first trip to Tuckerman can seem quite daunting; it's a big change from resort skiing and consequently presents many unusual challenges. As an accident this past weekend proved, even in the spring, Tuckerman's is still a dangerous place worthy of respect. So, to help with planning (and so as not to re-invent the wheel), I've assembled a list of web resources that should be helpful to anyone heading up to the ravine for a warm spring day. Whether they're going up to huck the icefall or simply hang out at lunch rocks with a cold beverage, you can probably learn something from the websites below:
These guys are the professionals. Make sure to check their avalanche advisory before heading out. When you get to Hojo's or the ravine floor, make sure to check in with the snow rangers; they're friendly, knowledgeable, and there to help keep you safe. Also of interest on the Tuckerman's website are the Recent Photos galleries and Trip Planning links, both of which will help you get an idea of what your experience will be like.
Time for Tuckerman is pretty much the repository for all knowledge about Tuckerman and the greater
There are very few mountains in the world with more weather instruments than
Full disclosure: This is my own site. Check out the weather section on Famous Internet Skiers to get the latest mountain weather updates from our man Lionel as well as the latest webcam and radar information from around NE. The weather site isn't
Those four websites have all the info you should need to get into the backcountry this spring, and prolong your season into May (maybe even June if we're lucky!). Whether you're going up for a simple hike, or looking to ski the Headwall; be smart, be safe, and have a great time! Also, while you're up there, don't forget to check out the scenery; Tuckerman isn't the only backcountry skiing spot in
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.