For me, this has always been a melancholy time of year.

Most North American lifts stop running, and the joy of winter shifts to summer diversions. Some people use the time to push their limits. Years ago, I’d drive to New Hampshire to ski Tuckerman’s Ravine on Memorial Day. It was an Eastern skier’s rite of passage. When older and commuting into Manhattan, I bumped into a neighbor also waiting for the train. It was a dreary day, but his face was glowing fresh with sun. He had returned the night before from skiing Tuckerman’s. It was at least 8-hours each way. He had driven up Friday night where he stayed in a lodge in Pinkham Notch. Saturday morning he hiked the 2.4 miles to the base of Tuckerman’s then skied all day. No lifts; just climb and ski. At the end of the day he hid his equipment and returned to his lodge. Sunday morning, he awakened to rain, had breakfast, and hiked up to get his gear. Once there he looked around and determined that it wasn’t raining hard enough to keep him from taking a few more runs. Telling the story, he said, “Jon, I figured, what the hell, I might as well enjoy it while I’m here.” George Herzog was 76 when that happened. It was at least 30 years ago.


National Geographic Bowl is adjacent to Squaw Valley, a few feet out-of-bounds from the top of Granite Chief Peak. It now will be accessible by lift and with guides from Alpenglow Expeditions.


Power Pass, on sale now through Apr. 28, provides unlimited skiing plus a host of other benefits (e.g. 12 buddy passes) at five Southwest areas: Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, and Hesperus Ski Area. Purchasers also ski free or with discount at Copper Mountain (CO), Loveland Ski Area (CO), Monarch Mountain (CO), Crested Butte (CO), Grand Targhee (WY), Eldora Mountain Resort (CO), Diamond Peak (NV), Mount Bohemia (MI), Ski Cooper (CO), Kiroro (Japan), Panorama Mountain Resort (Canada).


Now that winter is winding down, the Montana Office of Tourism is promoting it’s craft beer producers. If visiting the state this summer, there’s no shortage of finding a locally-produced brewSKI. For example: check this short video.


An avalanche earlier this week in Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington was caught on this short but dramatic video.


Powder Mountain announced that its day ticket limit is being reduced from 2,000 to 1,500. Powder Mountain is the largest skiable resort in North America. Lift accessible terrain is close to 8,000 acres! With fewer tickets available, there will be more untracked pow available to visiting skiers. The resort had 500″ of snow this season.


A split board is a snowboard that separates for climbing and can be reattached for descents. They’re popular for backcountry adventures. Jones, a leading split board manufacturer, issued a terrific photo and video account of their use in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The scenery and boarding are fantastic.


Rice University bioengineering students are building a device to help people with impaired sensation in their feet stay upright and avoid falls. A brief video explains what these innovative youngsters are up to.




  1. Please note. It is Tuckerman Ravine, not Tuckerman’s. And 2.4 miles gets you only to Hermit Lake. It’s another half mile to the floor of the Ravine. A Mount Washington veteran.
    Dave Irons

    • Jon Weisberg says:

      Dave, My error. It’s many moons since this tired bod carried skis or pack up the trail. Confession: I googled Tuckerman Ravine;trail marker photo popped up. It’s probably positioned part way up trail. Was called Fire Trail when last there. Is it still?

  2. Don H Kowbel says:

    Sorry to busy your bubble, but Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada has over 8300 skiable acres, which is the largest in North America at this time.


    • Jon Weisberg says:

      Thanks, Don. Whistler Blackcomb is enormous and great.

    • Powder Mountain and Park City/The Canyons are now vying for the title of the largest ski area in the United States. Powder Mountain claims more skiable acreage, but much of it is not served by ski lifts and is never groomed. Some of it is serviced by a shuttle bus. Meanwhile, the newly merged Park City and The Canyons is definitely larger in terms of the number of lifts and lift-served terrain, as well as the number of groomed trails.

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