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Tuckerman's Ravine

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 into July. 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.

Thousands of people have been known to ski Tuckerman in a single spring weekend. Skiing is not limited to this time, but the avalanche danger, peaking from late December to early March, requires special training and experience to assess and navigate the ravine safely during the winter. Avalanches have killed at least 10 people in the ravine since the 1960s. During a daring rescue in the winter of 1982, Albert Dow, a professional mountaineer, died near Tuckerman Ravine on Lion Head trail. An avalanche buried him, as he was looking for lost climbers. Albert Dow knowingly risked his life to search for the fellow climbers. Memorials can be found for Albert around the mountain. Plaques with his name can be found near trail signs, and more importantly on rescue caches. These rescue caches can be found in avalanche terrain on the east side of the mountain(Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine). These caches contain life saving equipment for mountain rescues.

The ravine is most easily accessed from the AMC lodge on Route 16 at Pinkham Notch, via the moderate 2.4-mile (3.9 km) lower section of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. This trail is maintained in winter and spring as a "cat" trail, and parallels the Sherburne Trail used for ski and snowboard descents. It is a 1,850-foot (560 m) elevation drop from the foot of Tuckerman to the lodge.

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Oldest photo 07/21/2007
Newest photo 07/21/2007
Alternative titles "Tuckerman Ravine"
"tuckermans ravine"
"Tuckerman's ravine"
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