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Tuckerman's Ravine - Mt. Washington

You can't call yourself a hardcore skier in the Northeast until you've skied Tux, nuff said.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 9 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview:  It is hard to describe Tuckerman's Ravine unless you've been there and skied it yourself. It isn't just a backcountry skiing day...... more »

Tips:  Directions to Pinkham Notch Trailhead:
Take route 16 north from Glen, NH until you arrive in Pinkham Notch. Park in the large parking... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Pinkham Notch Trailhead

Park here. The parking lot is massive and I don't believe there are any fees. I've put some photos here of the views you will have from the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on the way up.

2. Hermit Lake & Shelters

These will be filled on busy spring weekends for sure but you can take your chances and check them out. These are first come first serve at $10 per person. You can register below at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. There are 8 lean-tos and 3 tent platforms in the area. Good luck!

3. Caretaker's Cabin

Here you can check the avalanche conditions on the board and also take a rest on the deck of the cabin before continuing on towards Lunch Rocks. On busy days you may also be able to buy snacks and t-shirts here.

4. Lunch Rocks

You can't tell from the satellite photo in this guide but from the photos you can see that this is a wonderful place to chill out with some food to watch other skiers tackle the headwall of Tuckerman's Ravine. When I've been up here I've listened to people playing guitar, saxaphone, and grilling on portable grills they hauled up! It is quite the... More

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5. Climbing and Skiing the Headwall

You will be climbing up a boot-pack route that is 45 to 50 degrees = steep as hell! If you have a fear of heights don't look down! When you crest the lip at the top the slope becomes a lot easier allowing you take a few warm up turns before dropping in. There are a ton of different routes down so pick your line based on your comfort and skiing ... More

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6. Left Gully Option

There is a cornice at the top of this difficult route you have to be aware of. If it is a hanging cornice that looks about to fall and it is a hot day... obviously be careful. I've included the POI for this route but would suggest you take several routes down the Lip, the Sluice or the Right Gully instead as it will keep you near Lunch Rocks... More

7. Sherburne Ski Trail

When you make it back down to the Caretaker's Cabin head right across a bridge over the Cutler River to start your ski down the Sherburne Ski Trail. You'll have a blast flying down this great ski trail back to your car below.