Backcountry

Spring Skiing Cinema

Edits have been popping up following a couple of weeks of prime skiing conditions above treeline in the White Mountains. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a few of our favorites in one place.

Wind and Fire: Tuckerman Inferno 2017

Another Tuckerman Inferno is in the books, with local legend Andrew Drummond claiming his third victory in a row in the Elite Male division. Whitney Withington of Brookline, Mass took home the title for the Elite Female division. Mount Washington Valley powerhouse team All Stoved Up and Tucked Out cruised…

Welcome to Newfoundland

By Olivier Dion and Thomas Thiery. Follow them at estski.ca (Translated from the French) In the imagination of many backcountry skiers, Newfoundland’s West Coast remains a mythical place. Many know there is as much skiable terrain as in Gaspésie and the snow is abundant, but few have skied there. Newfoundland…

Nor’Easter report: Jay Powder Day

By Ian Ferguson My friend Levi and I both work at a ski area in the White Mountains, and earlier this week we contemplated our options for the upcoming storm. Should we ski inbounds at one of the resorts covered by our employee passes? Should we lap the local backcountry…

The Transition Beer

What beer do backcountry skiers crave at the top of the skintrack? It’s an important question for science. We chased down more than 4,000 backcountry skiers in the alpine, the deep woods, the slackcountry and secret stashes across the Northeast to find answers. Actually, we just asked a Facebook group….

Remote Slab Rock Climbing Areas of the White Mountains

Climb the slabs less traveled By David Lottman When most Northeast climbers think of slab climbing, they think of iconic Whitehorse Ledge. This 900-foot high cliff, only minutes from downtown North Conway, N.H., boasts dozens of high quality friction routes and sees a tremendous amount of traffic from early May…

Dawn Patrol: Tuckerman Ravine

Story and photos by Ian Ferguson Tom Chingas’ alarm went of at 3:30 this morning. At 4, we met at the scenic vista in Intervale, NH. Two hours later we arrived in the bowl of Tuckerman Ravine, the rising sun illuminating the left gully and a waterfall of snow blowing…

The Traverse

Story and photos by Steve Larson Nine hours northeast of Montreal, the tip of my nose begins to turn white. A bright and blustery Wednesday morning, with temperatures hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit, operates as nature’s alarm clock for a group of six excited skiers. It’s day four of an…

Greetings from the Gaspe

By Ian Ferguson Featured photo by Steve Larson If you’re an avid backcountry skier in the northeast, you’ve probably heard of the Chic Chocs. To you people, I apologize. You’ve probably seen posts and photos all season of epic snow conditions a mere nine hour drive away, while conditions at…

Mount Washington Avalanche Center has a new website

MWAC’s new site simplifies backcountry preparation in the Whites If you are a backcountry skier, snowboarder, snowshoer or climber, you should always check the avalanche report before heading into avalanche terrain. The Presidentials have a variety of aspects and complex features above treeline, and with constantly changing weather, keeping the…