I’ve skied Tuckerman Ravine in June and July many times. Sometimes because it was there. And other times because it was still there. But this year, I didn’t do it just because it was there. I did it because I Love It.
For three out of four runs, I was the only person in Tuckerman Ravine. I had one of New England’s finest natural areas all to myself. I was the only person in the eastern United States that was skiing. The only one. My own paradise for my own turns, experiencing something that no other person was experiencing at that moment.
Being alone in the Ravine was baffling. Today was an almost perfect day for skiing on Mount Washington. The temperature was in the 60s with a light but steady breeze and the sky was mostly blue bird with occasional small fluffy clouds. Bugs were non-existent due to the pleasantly refreshing wind. The skiing was exceptional with near perfect corn snow from the first run.
Despite enjoying my unique and solitary experience, I was somewhat disappointed to not have any one to share the adventure with. So I was glad to see a skier starting down the snow patch while I was hiking for my third run.
Since no other skiers hiked up, I knew it must be fellow T4T’er jshefftz who had just completed the Mount Washington Road Race. It was one and done for jshefftz, so I finished off my fourth lap solo. I ran into another fellow T4T’er snowmonster and his friend during my hike out. So only four skiers enjoyed the Ravine on this beautiful day.
Conditions in the Ravine for mid-June are below standard. I would expect the current snow pack for late June during an average year or early July during a good year. The lower end of the snow pack is melting fast and a pinch is already developing in the middle of the patch. However, the upper end of the snow patch is doing quite well. Mounting the snow patch was trickier than normal for the current patch configuration which was surprising considering the shape of the lower patch.
The snow patch should ski quite well into next weekend, though the middle section will likely pinch down considerably. It may be skiable still for the last weekend of June but I wouldn’t trust the lower and middle sections to hold out that long. Even for the craziest of the crazy, the first weekend in July will not be possible. If this is on your radar, I would recommend skiing it within the next seven days. Anything outside of that will require extremely favorable weather conditions and perhaps some luck. Or more guts than love.