Baxter State Park

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Baxter State Park

Submitted By: Yankee Snowman on December 05, 2011

Administrator: Yankee Snowman

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Mt. Edwards- Goatfinger Couloir

Goatfinger Couloir is fairly wide, has a bit of a double fall line, and can reach 50 degrees at the top (although when we skied it, it did not exceed 43 degrees).  Although not an extreme line, it is still a serious undertaking that requires expert ski abilities and advanced snow climbing/mountaineering skills.  It is rated D9-D10.

Goatfinger is a major avalanche path and requires very stable snow to be skied safely.

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Baxter State Park has all kinds of skiing. From leisurely day trips on XC gear to epic week-long expeditions with ice-tool approaches to steep gullies, it offers a classic northeastern backcountry experience.

Some people complain about the red-tape but most who have actually been there agree it is well worth it. Plus, restrictions have been reduced in recent years to make winter backcountry travel more feasible.

BSP has lean-tos and cabins available at very modest rates. See Baxter State Park Authority's website for complete information.

How to Get There

Millinocket is the gateway to Baxter State Park. Many winter skiing and climbing trips begin at Abol Bridge on the Golden Road. The ultimate BSP ski touring experience, a traverse of the whole Park from North to South, begins at Matagamon Camps on the Grand Lake Road, west of Shin Pond and Rt. 159.

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