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Spring at Tuckerman's

 



 

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When was this filmed? I'm planning to ski it this coming weekend

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reminds me of skiing Our Father at Alpine Meadows in very firm conditions.  Two women came down after me after I stopped below.  I was yelling at the first one--she thought I was trying to make nice. She didn't realize I was yelling at her to get out of the way of her falling friend.  No one hurt fortunately. I was watching a couple of patrollers pack a guy into a sled near the top right of North Bowl--the steepest part--when I guy fell above and slid into them. In steep terrain it pays to look uphill when you stop.

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TUCKERMAN. Note the absence of the " 's ". Only gapers and wannabee pow shredders call it Tuckerman's.

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reminds me of skiing Our Father at Alpine Meadows in very firm conditions.  Two women came down after me after I stopped below.  I was yelling at the first one--she thought I was trying to make nice. She didn't realize I was yelling at her to get out of the way of her falling friend.  No one hurt fortunately. I was watching a couple of patrollers pack a guy into a sled near the top right of North Bowl--the steepest part--when I guy fell above and slid into them. In steep terrain it pays to look uphill when you stop.

 

But I thought from reading posts on Epic that the downhill skier ALWAYS has the right of way and has no need to ever look uphill?

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But I thought from reading posts on Epic that the downhill skier ALWAYS has the right of way and has no need to ever look uphill?

 

They aren't the downhill skier once they stop skiing wink.gif

Once they stop, they're required to stay out of the way of the uphill skier Rules.gif

 

 

 

This is going to be a long summer.

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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

reminds me of skiing Our Father at Alpine Meadows in very firm conditions.  Two women came down after me after I stopped below.  I was yelling at the first one--she thought I was trying to make nice. She didn't realize I was yelling at her to get out of the way of her falling friend.  No one hurt fortunately. I was watching a couple of patrollers pack a guy into a sled near the top right of North Bowl--the steepest part--when I guy fell above and slid into them. In steep terrain it pays to look uphill when you stop.

 

But I thought from reading posts on Epic that the downhill skier ALWAYS has the right of way and has no need to ever look uphill?


The skier ahead always has the right of way.  That doen't mean they have no need to look up.  I would much rather jump out of the way of an out of control skier than be hit by one even though I had the right of way.  Look at it this way if your traffic light is green and your are driving with your family in the car, but you see a transport truck about to barrel through the red, are you going to drive in front of him or are you going to stay put?  You have the right of way.   You stop your motorcycle at the red light and the car behind you is doing 50 mph trying to beat the light.  Do you go through the red light to get out of his way. 

 

There's right, and there's dead right.  I'd rather be wrong than be dead right.

 

EDIT: Only 7 more months 'till ski season yahoo.gif

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TUCKERMAN. Note the absence of the " 's ". Only gapers and wannabee pow shredders call it Tuckerman's.

 

What's your stance on "Tux"? :)

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I imagine "Tux" is even worse. - Proms, weddings, TOURISTS!

 

Thousands of people call it Tuckerman's.

Probably more than live in Northern Ne Hamshehr

Now I know we're all Gapers!

 

Wait...isn't New Hampshire  the "Live Free or Die" state? -

We know that's just an historical cover for:  "Do it My Way or Get Out.(But we never wanted you anyway)" smile.gif

Maine: "Yuur Not Frum 'Round Heer"

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It seems like a lot of shitty skiers migrate to that place in the spring.

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It seems like a lot of shitty skiers migrate to that place in the spring.

 

Perhaps, and count me among them.

 

It's all about the history, the hike up from Pinkham, the deck at Ho Jo's, the lunch rocks, up "the ladder" on the Headwall, skinning the upper snow fields (when possible) and down Hillman's (my favorite). Snow on Sherburne is a gift back down!

 

The skiing is just the icing on the cake. A fantastic New England spring tradition biggrin.gif

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But I thought from reading posts on Epic that the downhill skier ALWAYS has the right of way and has no need to ever look uphill?

Ah--but you forget the often-forgotten last item in the Code--the skier on their ass has right of way of the skier still on their skis.

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Did anyone know about Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, who ran for President? He announced and skied Tuckerman Ravine as part of his candidacy announcement.

I sure didn't.

 

 

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"Failure to Launch"

Nick Heil

Sept 8, 2011 Outside onlne

A few days later, I joined Johnson and a handful of supporters and donors (dubbed Gary Johnson’s Mountaineers) for a ski expedition to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine. The outing was billed as a media event; what better way to showcase the “Johnson narrative” than by inviting reporters to watch him tackle one of the toughest backcountry slopes in New England? But the weather was unseasonably cold, with heavy snow and high winds, and perhaps because Mount Washington is notorious for killing people—usually by hypothermia but also from avalanches or the occasional skier pinwheeling over an ice cliff—I turned out to be the only media present. (To be fair, one guy from New Hampshire Public Radio showed up, but he bailed about a third of the way up the trail.)

 

By the time we were climbing Tucks’s intimidating 800-foot headwall, our party had dwindled to four: Johnson and me, plus supporters Ryan Hunter, who is a competitive freeskier from Utah, and Mike Babcock, a lawyer who’d driven up from Brooklyn, New York, the day before and slept in his car at the trailhead. We ascended single file, ice axes in hand, in a frozen gully that was so steep I could look up and see Johnson’s boot soles.

 

The descent was worse. We made our way over to a vertiginous 50-degree run called the Lip, which one guidebook describes as “the classic test piece at Tucks.” The wind had scoured the snow off the face, revealing the unsettling linoleum glint of ice below. A slip here would send us hurtling into Lunch Rocks, a boulder field 500 feet down that looked like a shark’s open mouth. I probably would have backed off right then were it not for the voice in my head reminding me that if, by some miracle, Johnson made it to the White House, I’d never live it down.

 

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/politics/Failure-to-Launch.html?page=1

 


Photo: Josh Stephenson                        Gary Johnson at Taos 2011

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It seems like a lot of shitty skiers migrate to that place in the spring.


The shittiest of the shittiest converge there. I rarely go nowadays, and if I do it is because my friends drag me up there. A lot of drunk idiots and people who have no idea what they are getting into. I remember a few years back I was up there with a group and there was a pretty sizable slide. The crowd was so drunk they were cheering the avalanche on. Ridiculous. The utter amount of disrespect for the mountain is disgusting. I ski King, Castle, Huntington, and Slides. If time allows/if I am in enough shape, the Great Gulf too.

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TUCKERMAN. Note the absence of the " 's ". Only gapers and wannabee pow shredders call it Tuckerman's.

 

Oh Please! Some Tuck's might help. 

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I imagine "Tux" is even worse. - Proms, weddings, TOURISTS!

 

Thousands of people call it Tuckerman's.

Probably more than live in Northern Ne Hamshehr

Now I know we're all Gapers!

 

Wait...isn't New Hampshire  the "Live Free or Die" state? -

We know that's just an historical cover for:  "Do it My Way or Get Out.(But we never wanted you anyway)" smile.gif

Maine: "Yuur Not Frum 'Round Heer"

I believe the Maine expression is "from away"

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popcorn.gif

 

[Anyone displaying actual knowledge of Maine culture will be expected at next year's New England Gathering to help set things straight. Anyone displaying specious knowledge publicly will be expected at next year's New England Gathering in order to be set straight. I am taking notes. Deliberate1 will be the arbiter. Now back to Tuckerman stuff.]

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All I know about Maine culture comes from Marshall Dodge records.

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I guess I shouldn't show up or have to.

 

The New Yorker (not The Mainer)

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Tuckerman is WICKED GOOD!

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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

Perhaps, and count me among them.

 

It's all about the history, the hike up from Pinkham, the deck at Ho Jo's, the lunch rocks, up "the ladder" on the Headwall, skinning the upper snow fields (when possible) and down Hillman's (my favorite). Snow on Sherburne is a gift back down!

 

The skiing is just the icing on the cake. A fantastic New England spring tradition biggrin.gif


Yup, In my younger days I did Tuck's 6 times. Always on Memorial day weekend.

It rained more often than not so I stopped going. Sherburne was never open this late.

Hoards of non-skiing spectators would perch on Lunch Rocks with cases of beer to watch the carnage !

 

 

I saw one guy start sliding just ahead of me on Upper Snowfield over Headwall head first then the entire

length of the Lower Snowfield to stop 20 feet from boulders at the end.  After laying motionless for

5 minutes he stood up as if nothing was wrong. eek.gif

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All I know about Maine culture comes from Marshall Dodge records.

Marshall Dodge was the most quintessential Mainer ever to be born in NY and graduated from Yale.

D1

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post

TUCKERMAN. Note the absence of the " 's ". Only gapers and wannabee pow shredders call it Tuckerman's.

Not where I come from. I first climbed "Tuckerman's" at age 8, and pretty much every year thereafter through high school. I was introduced to "the Hill" by my uncle who first skied it as a Boy Scout in the late 1930's. We last climbed it together 4 years ago to celebrate his 85th birthday. I first skied it a week after my 13th b'day - and suffered a tib/fib fx on the Sherburne Trail.

We always referred to it as "Tuckerman's" or "Tuckerman Ravine," but never "Tuckerman's Ravine," nor "Washington's."  But it was always "Howard Johnson's" or "HoJo's" to describe the hut at the base of the ravine.

It may be a New England affect. After Thanksgiving dinner we always climbed in the car to go to "Bean's " (as in LL). The local department store was "Zayre's." 

If all this still makes me a gaper, so be it.

 

D1 (proudly a Tuckerman's gaper since age 8)


Edited by deliberate1 - 5/27/13 at 6:51pm
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If you haven't hiked and skied it, then you haven't lived!

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Last time I went up was 2011.  It was one of those bluebird days, a warm and crowded

Saturday with crowds cheering as people cartwheeled down and then stood up at the bottom

of their fall.

 

Booting up, looking up.  I carried my lightest skis, a poor choice.   The snow was a bit

questionable for those skis and I did not quite make it to the top.  Maybe next time.  

That day the Sherburne was fully covered all the way to the parking lot.  Who says a

camera can never capture the steepness of the terrain? 

 

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