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Anyone been to Tuckerman's this year?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to head to Tuck's this year for the first time. Has anyone been this year and what are the conditions? Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 14
I've never been either, but I think about it every year.
Do you know about the T4T site?
http://www.timefortuckerman.com/
There are usually a lot of TR's there.
Also has a link to the Mt. W. Avalanche center.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks MDF I didn't but it looks awesome. Gonna check it out.
Any bears looking to go let me know.
post #4 of 14
For what it's worth, my kid was there on Friday thru Sunday. Getting much out of a teen is difficult but from what I could understand.

Icy in the mornings.

Difficult footings in some steep spots (some people would quit trying to get up).

I wish I hadn't lost my sidewall plainer so I could have tuned better.

Good turns in the afternoon after things softened up.

Had fun and wish we could have stayed longer.
post #5 of 14
There's another trip report with lots of pictures here. Looks kinda sad from those pictures, or at least I've seen it looking a lot better a lot later in the season.
post #6 of 14
Don't know how to do this very well but:

http://timefortuckerman.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=8060

There is a shot of the headwall that will give you religion. I hope this link will work. I have not seen many shots from the side, taken from high up. It shows how steep it actually is.

bz
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
There is a shot of the headwall that will give you religion. I hope this link will work. I have not seen many shots from the side, taken from high up. It shows how steep it actually is.

bz
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
That looks Frightening!! Fun!
post #9 of 14
Here's a tip so you don't sound like a gaper. It ain't Tuckerman's Ravine, it's Tuckerman Ravine... minor thing but a pet peeve of mine and I will instantly label you a gaper if you call it Tuckerman's.

That first turn on the headwall is a religious experience. If the corn is sweet, it's nothing but grins and giggles after that.

If you get into some of the hairier terrain in the chutes, you never lose that knot in your gut. You can always bail and hit Hillman's Highway (not really in the ravine but most people associate it with Tuckerman Ravine skiing) for some sweet earn your VW sized mogul turns. Also good for a 2nd day when the legs are recovering from too much March Madness and not enough hiking.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips! Won't make the mistake again! Is Tucks ok?
post #11 of 14
I would never say it, but it's not as bad...how did I turn into the Tuckerman police????: : :
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
No worries, I actually appreciate you telling me. Tuckerman Ravine is something you just have to do once if you're from around here. I want to keep the tradition going and using the right language is important.
post #13 of 14
a friend skied tucks this past sunday and said it was good. he hucked the center rocks in the ravine and said there were no problems. With the snow were getting at the moment im going to hold off on going till its a but more stable. Dust on crust isnt the way i want to test myself up there

next weekend should be good weather permiting
post #14 of 14
Dookie, You mentioned you were interested...
We'll be heading up to Tucks, er Tuckerman's, um, Mount Washington May 2, and staying at the Howard Johnson's until May 5th, if you want to join us. We'll drive up there on Wednesday afternoon, have our last good meal and shower, then hike up early Thursday morning. We'll hike down Saturday night and drive home Sunday morning. Remember, it's not really about the skiing, hiking/skiing ratio is about 80/20.... You should be prepared for sleeping in sub-zero weather (0 degree bag and thermarest mandatory) and skiing in 70 degrees or 0 degrees (sometimes in the same day). You should also be prepared for being lean-to bound for 4 days due to weather (never happened to me, but to friends who picked the wrong week). be prepared for beautiful spring skiing, beautiful powder skiing, horrible crud skiing, or east coast ice skiing, all on a 50+ degree pitch. You need to be prepared with 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners and drinking cup/spork, plus something for lunch while hiking/skiing, we have enough stoves and water purifiers for the group. Crampons would be nice for the hike up/down. Oh, and keep the weight down to what you can carry on a 2 hour uphill hike. Hope I sisn't paint too rosy a picture, It could be h*ll, or heaven, but either way, it'll be interesting.
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