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  • 2018 Mount Washington Memorial Day BBQ and Slackfest

    Even if the patch is small, the 2018 Mount Washington Memorial Day BBQ and Slackfest will be happening on the East Snowfields for all three Memorial Day w/e days, if the road is open*.

    I'll put up the bamboo for the 2018 10th Mountain Memorial Day Slalom on all three(*) days....it's not a race, just a way to remember and be grateful for what the 10th did for the world and for us as skiers (and riders and also climbers).

    Grills, coolers, lawn furniture, children and dogs will be present....bring your straw hats**

    ** Your favorite hat is also apropos
    Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

  • #2
    the snow patch is look'n respectable today. hopefully it keeps

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    • #3
      The Auto Road psted an update around 2PM today:
      The Mt Washington Auto Road will OPEN to TREE LINE at 4200 on May 12, 2018 from 9am - 4pm for all regularly allowed vehicles, including motorcycles.

      Conditions above treeline are looking favorable for opening to the summit in the next several days, stay tuned for updates

      Guided Tours will be available beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.

      Check the Auto Road status on our website for important up-to-date information: http://bit.ly/roadstatus or call (603) 466-3988.

      PLEASE NOTE: Be aware that weather and road conditions can change quickly and this status report is updated frequently. Vehicles cannot be left unattended in this parking lot.
      Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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      • #4
        Slackers update, May 11:
        Today the Mount Washington Auto Road posted:
        Starting May 12, we are open to the summit from 9am - 4pm for all regularly allowed vehicles, including motorcycles (weather permitting).
        Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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        • #5
          SlackFest sounds great. A couple if questions
          1) Where do you Park on the autor road for this?
          2) Is it an issue leaving your car parked while skiing? The Road's opening announcement mentioned something about unattended vehicles.

          Thanks!

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          • #6
            1: there is a decent sized lot just below the summit which puts you within 100 yrs of the action - depending on how much the snowfield has receded. Below the summit parking lot, folks park along the road where there is room and there are also a few pullouts in the vicinity. As long as you are off the road, you shouldntt have a problem.
            2: The "unattended" message is for the road when it's only open to tree line.. as there really isn't enough parking. You basically drive up & turn around, go home
            StoneMan

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SkiTuckernuck View Post
              SlackFest sounds great. A couple if questions
              1) Where do you Park on the autor road for this?
              2) Is it an issue leaving your car parked while skiing? The Road's opening announcement mentioned something about unattended vehicles.

              Thanks!
              Airforce Parking Lot, by the Great Gulf trail usually has room. There is room for 5-7 cars at left, just below the guardrail that runs along the road fron the lower summit parking. That small lot is often less than 150 meters walking (SSE) from the snow. In 2008 it was less than 100 yards from the snow. The Airforce lot is 200 yards lower down the road.
              Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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              • #8
                Worst case, even if the small lots and side of the road parking is used up, it is a VERY short walk from the summit parking lot. Essentially, don't worry about parking. Get there early for prime parking and the shortest walks. Or don't get there early and have a few extra steps. Ain't like you aren't going to be earning your turns anyways, so what is a few extra steps if needed.
                -Steve

                TheSnowWay.com
                "Skiing is not a sport, it is a way of life." - Otto Schniebs

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                • #9
                  Comparing this year to last...not a big difference:
                  Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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                  • #10
                    Looks like rain (for now) on Saturday. I have never skied Tucks in the rain - does anyone have any experience?

                    Thank you

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StoryoftheGhost View Post
                      Looks like rain (for now) on Saturday. I have never skied Tucks in the rain - does anyone have any experience?

                      Thank you
                      It's less fun than it sounds. Also, stay well away from glide cracks (aka Cerevasses) and running streams in the snowpack. The undermining is far more extensive than you can see.
                      Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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                      • #12
                        Went up yesterday as the weekend isn't looking so hot. Snowfields are wide an long. Airplane is phat.
                        StoneMan

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                        • #13
                          2018 Mountashington BBQ and Slackfest, a report:

                          Saturday was showery. The snowfields were wide and started a bit higher up than last year and went just as far down. Got the 10th Mountain Memorial Day Slalom set up, took only a couple of runs, grilled a hotdog and escaped to the valley to dry my gear.

                          Sunday was still misty and almost breezy, but offered almost three hours of sun midday. Estimates varied between 324 feet of vert to 410 feet of vert, but whichever, it was enough for very pleasant yoyos in the corn. Old friends, new friends and assorted canines populated the Northeast Snowfield. Managed five runs, the beer and the veggie franks made for a pleasant lunch.

                          Monday, Rider.Steve drove up into a dense cloud. We schlepped our gear down to the snow (it was an epic journey of 150 meters walking from rock to rock in the Alpine Zone). Our view of the summit cloud indicated that bit of patience, while waiting for the sun to work on it, would reward us with both perfect conditions and excellent weather. Quite naturally, our patience took the form of drams of 12y/o Irish malt and fine cigars.

                          As the cloud dissipated, the slackers arrived in droves. Families with 10 kids between them, solos, couples and bro-groups. During my first run I saw the slalom course was affected by overnight melting. A bit of relocation put the final 6 gates well away from the rock sharks.

                          The kids were all racers and enjoyed making the groove on course. It was a pleasant spectacle. Their help in collecting the slalom poles was magnificent, a fine ending to a great ski season.



                          Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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                          • #14
                            Ah perseverance... Glad you guys got a good day up there.
                            StoneMan

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                            • #15
                              We do the Burlington VT marathon every year on this weekend... but we didn't run this year - just went to VT. Might be the precursor to me being there in 2019

                              M@
                              Skiing Naked is Fine

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