Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington is an Eastern Skiing classic.
The glacial cirque known as Tuckerman Ravine has a long tradition of climbing, skiing and gathering. It was eighty years ago this April than two Dartmouth and former Olympics skiers John Carleton and Charley Proctor made the first descent over the headwall. One week later a group of Harvard skiers, eventually founders the Hochgebirge Ski Club were the first to ski from the summit down over the headwall. Since that time, skiers have gathered and skied in Tuckerman Ravine. It was the rendez-vous of the East’s best skiers in the Thirties, racing then exploring routes and making first descents.
My first visit was on this weekend back in 1990, Victoria Day weekend in Canada. I staying in the shelters when I bumped into a fellow colleague from university which was at his ten annual trip. It was a real tradition for himself, as me, I’ve made it a only few times over the last twenty year.
This short documentary by Zach Ornitz explores the same theme: A Tuckerman Tradition.
Source: Over the Headwall: Nine Decades of Skiing in Tuckerman Ravine by Jeffrey R. Leich. Excepts can be found on the Mount Washington Avalanche Center website.