The most recognizable place for backcountry ski adventures is Tuckerman Ravine on Mt Washington. It is a Spring ritual when thousands of hearty and sometimes crazy skiers & boarders head up to the Bowl to either test themselves against the steep runs, get their legs under them on the more gentle terrain lower down, or just soak in the scenery from the Lunch Rocks.
Make no mistake, the headwall and gullies are quite steep and not to be taken lightly. First, you’ll be carrying all your gear up for 2+ hours just to get to the base of the Ravine. From there, you have to kick step up a steep and often icy boot ladder, put on your gear on the side of a cliff, and then take that first heart-thumping turn into the open air.
Tuckerman Ravine can be a lot of fun, but it’s also very dangerous at times. Avalanche danger is a real threat; read the avalanche report and listen to the snow rangers. Ice fall from the cliffs makes for quick reflexes on the Lunch Rocks. The best time for Tuckerman Ravine is Springtime from April to June, when the conditions are the best and avalanche danger is the lowest. To check on the latest avalanche risk, always check with the Mount Washington Avalanche Center.
The Royalty Inn is a short 11 mile drive to the Pinkham Notch parking area and the trailhead to Tuckerman Ravine trail. Prime time for Tucherman Ravine coincides with our lowest season rates at the Royalty Inn. Come for the backcountry adventure and then relax with a soak in our Jacuzzi or 75 foot heated indoor pool. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!
Conrad Klefos, General Manager