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Backcountry skiing near Boston

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

I'm moving to Boston for half  a year and will be there until the beginning of March. I was wondering if it would be worth bringing my backcountry skis? I usually ride the Alps and enjoy backcountry pow and steep stuff. Probably won't have time to travel too far, so I'd think 1 or 2 day tours max.

 

Would be glad to hear your thoughts.

 

Cheers

post #2 of 10

Check this out.  The forums do not only cover Tuckerman Ravine.

The Presidentials in NH have plenty of backcountry opportunities.

 

http://www.timefortuckerman.com

post #3 of 10

Double your drive time and cube root your expectations and things will be fine.

 

Bring your gear?  You are a skier right and will need breaks; of course bring your gear.

 

Pow is most often found in Northern Vermont.  Google is your friend.

 

Steeps, such as we have, are in the Presidentials of NH.

 

Couple notes:

1) our mountains are old and have been gnawed down to their roots over the millennia.

 

2) Pretty high population density and backcountry skiing is the hot thing so expect crowds and newbies.

 

Unfortunately time for tuckerman is a bit run down right now.

post #4 of 10

There is a fun tour at Mt. Greylock in Adams, MA.

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/106113/ots-backcountry-guide--mount-greylock--western-massachusetts

 

It has a historic CCC ski trail that has been maintained in recent years so you don't need a super deep base.  I think it is around 2K vertical probably a bit less.  I sometimes head up there early on a powder morning...really just 1 trail and it can get beat up fairly early.

 

It looks to be about a 3 hour drive from Boston though and there are tours in NH that may be closer.  

 

Mt Washington is the closest you will get to an alps/alpine experience here in the northeast US.

 

Gaspe Peninsula in Canada looks pretty sweet but is around a 12 hour drive.

 

Mt Katahdin in Maine looks like a great adventure and, from what I've read, it takes about a day's touring just to get to it.

 

I suggest looking into John Goodman's books on backcountry ski tours in the northeast.

 

Yes bring your gear!

 

My girlfriend and I are prepping for a Haute Route trip next April and we plan to do some touring on and around Mt Washington next winter....so long as it snows that is.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the infos! Look forward to discovering some new territory.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

Double your drive time and cube root your expectations and things will be fine.

Great quote, this one!  There are a fair number of dedicated BC skiers around here. There are lines to be had, you just need to embrace tight trees, adventure, and less than ideal snow conditions.  

 

I'll point you to two newer resources that are promising.  First, in central VT there's a group that is working with the National Forest and other landowners to put in dedicated glades.  I skied one of their first glades in Feb 2015 and had a great time (of course, that was the best snow month in a long time). But could be worth checking out: RASTA

 

Second, a similar group just launched in NH.  They are starting by trying to restore old CCC trails.  I'm hopeful something could be open while you're here. Granite BC Alliance

 

If you get desperate, PM me. I've got some time this winter and hope to be getting out as much as I can.

post #7 of 10

for a quick lunch break rt 119 Ashby, ma mt watatic.

three lines from the south. or find your way around thr north(old ski area).

 

post #8 of 10
The cube root of eight is two. I think you mean cube.
post #9 of 10

meant cube root.

 

OP skis the Alps and likes steep and powder.  NE is a bit tame in comparison.  

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

meant cube root.

 

OP skis the Alps and likes steep and powder.  NE is a bit tame in comparison.  

 

Sorry about that.  Got it.

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