Mount Washington

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Mount Washington

Submitted By: Dobish on April 17, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Featured Descent

Colorado » Ten Mile Range

NE Couloir or NE face

Depending on snow cover, it may be possible to descend NE off the summit to the open snow field above the NE couloir.  You can also descent east off the summit and traverse skiers left to the snow field above the NE couloir.  When we skied it, the couloir narrowed about half way down the face to about 6 feet (this of course will vary with timing/snow conditions).  Once thru the narrow section, you're basically at the top of the apron, so let 'em rip!!
For extra credit, climb and ski one of the north facing couloirs on North Star Mountain on the way back to the car.

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Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States, and it stands 6288 feet above sea level.  It is often very windy, with gusts over 80mph.  The winds are often very strong, and the weather will change in an instant up there.  Very often people will say that Mount Washington has its own weather patterns.

The lines on Mount Washington are steep, and in a wide open bowl, which is abnormal for a lot of new england skiing.  Avalanche danger is often high on Mount Washington.

Some of the great backcountry ski descents up here are in tuckerman's ravine, the gulf of slides, and the sherburne ski trail.

How to Get There

You want to head up to the wonderful town of north conway, and head towards the Pinkham Notch Trail head.  You will get there from Route 16N out of North Conway, and then from the hut you will take the Tuckerman Ravine Ski Trail.

Area Camping

It will get really cold here, but there is some camping. There is lodging at the Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center, there is the Herman Lake Shelter, and there is winter camping.

Area Food

Drive down the street to Moat Mountain Brewery and Smokehouse for some good brews and some good grub.  Flatbread pizza down in north conway is also really tasty.

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