Backcountry skiing

We Love Winter: Backcountry Skiing & Ice Climbing

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by Andrew Drummond

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, we look at some thrilling winter sports in N.H.  An increasing number of people want to get outside in winter, and many say part of the fun of skiing down is climbing up snowy trails and mountains, or even scaling icy cliffs.  Have you tried backcountry skiing or ice-climbing?  We learn how to safely get started in these growing winter sports, what equipment is needed, and where it can be done.  

 This weekend, two Canadians in Tuckerman Ravine triggered an avalanche, which swept them and two others 500 feet down to the bottom of the bowl. None of those affected suffered serious injuries, but it highlights a growing trend in the White Mountains: more skiers getting themselves into avalanche terrain earlier in the year.

New England Ski Museum

It’s a given: on spring weekends, if there’s good weather forecast, by 7 am the Tuckerman’s Ravine parking lot will be overflowing with hundreds of cars.

Tuckerman’s is one of the most storied backcountry ski slopes in the country, and every spring thousands of skiers brave avalanches and ice-falls to test themselves against the steep slope. On a crowded day, there are estimates that as many as 3,000 people make the trek up to the bowl.