Tuckerman Ravine

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Tuckerman Ravine

Submitted By: Dobish on April 17, 2010

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Colorado » Ten Mile Range

Cristo Couloir

Cristo is a fairly wide snow gully, and is not particularly technical to ski.  That said, it is steep enough to demand advanced ski abilities.

Cristo is rated D8 or D9 depending on snow conditions.  For information on the D rating system, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html

In good snow conditions, Cristo can be skied right off the summit.  Depending on snowpack, there may or may not be a few rocky patches to navigate.  The gully has a few rollovers, the steepest reaching 40-45 degrees.  The slope has a double fall-line, and is generally a bit mellower if you stay towards the skier's right side.  While not a true no-fall zone, the double fall-line nature also means that a sliding fall in the couloir could be dangerous.

Cristo Couloir is a very large avalanche path and has claimed it's share of victims.  As such, this route is recommended as a spring descent in times of good stability only.  Also, whether you're driving or skinning up Blue Lakes Road, be aware that several major avalanche paths threaten the road near the dam.



Tuckerman Ravine is located off of Mount Washington, and is a well known backcountry ski area for most new englanders.  To get to the ravine itself, the trail up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is relatively easy.  Once you get up to the hut, named the HOJO hut.  From the hut, you will head up towards lunch rocks.  There are a number of ski descents in the bowl.  The bowl is steep, and averages between 40-45º and is often prone to avalanches.

Check out http://www.timefortuckerman.com for some more info.

There is some camping at the Herman Lake Shelter, as well as general winter camping.  You can reserve spots at the Pinkham Notch Shelter




How to Get There

Take Route 16N to the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center, then start up the Tucker Ravine Trail.  Once you get to HOJO's you can decide how you want to head up the bowl.  There is either the Right Gully, the Center Gully, or the Left Gully.  The approach is steep and strenuous, and dangerous conditions can exist.

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