Mount Washington, The Presidential Range, and The White Mountains have some great ski terrain. The higher and more sought after terrain is awesome and there are some fantastic ski descents. Our area has a special benefit of often having a stable snowpack in this great terrain. That stability comes with a mature snowpack and moderating temperatures that occur usually after the middle of March. Of course there will be good skiing most years in the early season but it will be fickle. For someone who is interested in skiing the awesome terrain of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range with a guide, it is best to be patient and wait till the middle of March through the middle of April.

Waiting till mid March won’t guarantee good conditions but it increases the chances substantially. So the way I see it is, in December you might get a day or two of good skiing up high if we have early snow and the chances for snow in safer areas is nearly zero. In January you might get 6 or 7 days up high that are good and in mid to late January you might get a few days down low. In February the low skiing starts to get pretty good so long as we have a typical or better snow year so you’ll get 6 or 7 days of decent snow down low and about the same number up high. Unfortunately some of those days are the same so February has about 10-11 days of good conditions. Early March is about the same so the first two weeks of March you can expect 5 or so days of good skiing somewhere. The sweet spot, mid March to mid-April you can get 3-5 days a week of good skiing or 12-20 days in that time period.

These are estimates and every season is different. I would suggest if possible, play the odds. Backcountry skiing requires deep snow to cover over the terrain and stable snow because our high terrain here isn’t as diverse in steepness, so we find ourselves either getting into avalanche terrain up high or skiing only down low.


Mount Washington Ski Descent

A one-day climb and ski descent of Mount Washington. Downhill skiers we will use the right gear for you to access the backcountry. Alpine touring skis, boots and bindings allow you to climb using skins and descend with your heels locked down. Free yourself from the lifts to ski some real mountain terrain.
Maximum Ratio 5:1
1 Day
Note: Telemark skiers are more than welcome to join us on any of our ski tours

Backcountry Alpine Ski Camp

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Downhill skiers, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Using alpine touring skis and climbing skins, we will approach remote ravines on Mount Washington. We will skin up the Gulf of Slides ski trail to our camp and ski the rest of the day away. The second day we may find ourselves accessing another ravine before packing up and skiing back to Pinkham. Skiers should be able to ski most black diamond trails at ski areas.
Maximum Ratio 4:1
2 Days 1 Night