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Tuckerman's Ravine, Mount Washington

#19 of 27 in Winter Sports in New Hampshire
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Ski Area
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.

Thousands of people have been known to ski Tuckerman in a single spring weekend. Skiing is not limited to this time, but the avalanche danger, peaking from late December to early March, requires special training and experience to assess and navigate the ravine safely during the winter. Avalanches have killed at least 10 people in the ravine since the 1960s.

The ravine, whose name is often shortened to "Tucks" in comments and on commemorative materials is most easily accessed from the AMC Visitor Center on Route 16 at Pinkham Notch, 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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  • I’m not an avid hiker, so I found this trek both beautiful & challenging at times. Be sure to dress in layers & bring plenty of water. We climbed approximately 20-30 mins past Hermit Lake & then...  more »
  • Me and a freind had a Solid half day of hiking and skiing up the tuckerman ravine trail and down the John sherburne ski trail. We started out at the joe dodge lodge in Pinkham notch and.....  more »
  • A great spot for a great hike! Feel free to take your dog!
  • Nice place

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