Tuckerman Ravine

Tuckerman Ravine has long been a rite of passage for east coast skiers and snowboarders to test their ability. It also can be a very dangerous environment to enter unprepared, not knowing weather conditions and what to expect. As we recommend when entering the backcountry, it is best to know before you go and Tuckerman Ravine is especially not an exception. Below, we have put together a number of resources to help you when you decide to venture up into the ravine and surrounding areas.

Avalanche Safety

Mount Washington Avalanche Center: This should be one of the first resources to check before venturing into Tuckerman Ravine and Mount Washington for skiing and snowboarding. Here you will find daily avalanche reports for Tuckerman Ravine and Huntington Ravine. - View Website


Mount Washington Observatory: Here you will find the current weather, as well as extended high summit forecasts. - View Website

National Weather Service: National Weather Services 4 day forecast for Mount Washington. - View Website

Mountain-Forecast.com Mountain-Forecast.com offers 6 day forecast for Mount Washington at 4429 feet, what weather to expect down at the Pinkham Notch visitor center, AM and PM precipitation charts and daily freezing levels. - View Website

Shade Charts

Skiing Tuckerman Ravine in spring corn is one thing, but getting stranded skiing one of its famous routes after it has set back up and turned to ice can be very dangerous. Knowing when to start heading down each route can help save you from a long slide.

Shade Times for Spring Skiing: The below chart shows when the more popular routes go into the shade in mid-April. Thanks to Jeff Lane, an AMC Hermit Lake caretaker, for gathering this information.

Run Shade Time
The Chute 2:30
Left Gully 2:45
Hillman's Highway 2:45
Lower Snowfields 3:00
The Lip 3:50
The Sluice 4:05
Right Gully 4:30
Lobster Claw and Lion Head Gully 4:30

Chauvin Guides - Measuring Sun Exposure: Marc Chauvin has put together a nice tutorial on measuring sun exposure using Caltopo.com. This will help you get a more accurate reading on when shade will hit routes in Tuckerman Ravine and other areas. - View Website

Parking and Directions

Pinkham Notch Vistor Center: 361 New Hampshire 16, Gorham, NH 03581

Other Tuckerman Ravine Resources

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine View Website
Time for Tuckerman View Website
Granite Backcountry Alliance View Website
Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol View Website

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