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Tuckerman Ravine


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Trail Map
Trail Map

Tuckerman Ravine - The Bowl



LEGEND 1 - Left Gulley
2 - Chute Variation South
3 - The Chute
4 - Chute Variation North
5 - Center Gully South

6 - Center Gully North
7 - The Icefall
8 - The Lip
9 - The Sluice
10 - Right Gully (Lobster Claw, Lion Head Gully 1 2 & 3 further over)





Tuckerman Ravine - Hillmans Highway




1 - The Duchess
2 - Hillmans Highway
3 - Hillmans Highway
4 - Dodge's Drop

5 - Cathedral Gully
6 - Boot Spur Gully 1 (Gully 2 & 3 further over)
7 - Lower Snowfield

Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Hermit Lake Shelter





The Shelter provides overnight back country accommodations for up to 86 people. There are no facilities at Hermit Lake. You are responsible for your own sleeping bag, warm clothes, food, camp stove and water.



Extra person charges may apply 



$15 per night




Joe Dodge Lodge 



The lodge consists of private rooms, family rooms as well as bunk rooms. There are common bathrooms and showers.  Rates include lodging, breakfast and dinner. 

Extra person charges may apply


$65 and up 


Days Inn Campton


Convenient location offering complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. 

Extra person charges may apply

$69 and up 









  • Additional lodging options available in Campton, New Hampshire and surrounding areas.



Mad River Tavern


Sunset Grill


The Country Cow

  • Additional dining options available in Campton, New Hampshire. 



White Mountain National Forest


Tuckerman Ravine

Tuckerman isn't just a ski destination, its an experience of a lifetime. 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 through late May. 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. (wikipedia)

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Pros: Tons of snow, late spring skiing, most extreme terrain east of the Mississippi

Cons: no amenities whatsoever

Tuckerman's ravine is located on the eastern side of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. It is probably the most popular backcountry skiing spot in the country, and is easily the most extreme terrain you can find east of the Mississippi. Tuckerman's is a glacial cirque (read:bowl) about a thousand feet below the summit of Mt Washington, the windiest place on earth. The headwall is 50-60 degrees, which then slowly flattens out to the base of the bowl. There are a number of routes down the headwall, as well as Hillman's Highway, a steep pitch to the left of the bowl.
Because of its location and the prevailing winds, Tuckerman's collects huge amounts of snow, typically 50 feet or more at the base of the bowl. This is both a plus and a minus. It's a plus because there is still skiable snow at Tuck's long after the rest of the East is done for the season. Typically, the most popular time to ski Tuckerman's is late April into early May, although Tuck's can frequently be skied into June. The downside to all this snow is avalanche. Tuckerman's is extremely dangerous in the winter due to avalanche, and was closed off by the Forest Service in the past. Now it is accessible year round, but it is still considered a very bad idea to ski before late March.
As if skiing Tuckerman's wasn't hard enough, just getting to Tuck's is a hard slog to start with. There is no transportation up to Tuck's except your own two feet. You start at the Pinkham Notch visitor's center on Route 16. From there, it's about a 2 1/2-3/12 hour hike, where you gain about 3000 vertical feet. Then you get to Hermit Lake (HoJo's), where the campsites are. From there, it's another 45 minute hike to the base of the bowl, and then it usually takes about 30 minutes to hike up the headwall. If you're there earlier in the season, you'll be able to ski back down the Sherburne, but they will start to close that as the snow cover breaks up.
If you want to ski Tuck's, your best bet is to camp there. There are a number of lean-to's there, maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). You have to get your camping permit the day you plan to camp, and there are only 86 spots at the campsite. So people get there to line up before the Visitor's Center opens, which is at 6:30AM. Since there are lean-to's, you typically don't need a tent. But all the other camping gear is a must, especially a good sleeping bag, since it can get very cold at night. You have to pack in your own food, and there is no clean water source. The Cutler River headwater is nearby, so you can filter or treat water from that.
Despite all the difficulties, Tuckerman's is a phenomenal experience. Skiing down the headwall is such a huge rush, and having gone through such a hike to get there, it's something you really feel like you've earned. The overall atmosphere is a lot of fun, essentially a big end-of-season party. There people hang out at Lunch Rocks between runs, and cheer for the good runs, and heckle the crashes (of which there are many). If you live in the East, and you can handle it, Tuckerman's isn't something to be missed.


Pros: Bucket List Challange

Cons: Long climb up, avalanche danger, long climb down.

No ski lifts, you carry everything up and down.  If conditions are good it is a life time experience.


Pros: Steep, great spring snow

Cons: high mountain risks, it's a tough climb. No lifts

you have to climb, but if you like steep, nothing beats Tuckermans.

It is not groomed, it is hazardous. I have not skied Tuckermans since I was a teenager. I saw 3 people having a picnic on a rock along the slope to the left of Tuckermans. People warned them to move. They did, and a few minutes later, a chunk of ice the size of a pickup truck silently peeled off the cliff face & landed where they had been. If they hadn';t moved, they would have been crushed. Stick to the Headwall area.