Awesome awesome weather out there and I had an awesome ski yesterday!!! We have 28 inches of snow at the stake here in Pinkham Notch! The top of Mt Washington received 12.7 new inches the other day but the stake there remained at 13 inches...that means that all that snow blew around somewhere! Be prepared for drifts! Tuckerman received 9 new inches and is up to 36 inches! Carter is at 20, Zealand is at 25 and Lonesome is at 29! Everywhere you go INCLUDING the previously eerily empty quarter above the notches has new snow and now the sun is out! Avalanche danger was up to considerable yesterday but is moderate today. Hopefully it will progress on to low in the next day or so! Be sure to check the ratings and the description of what's going on in avalanche terrain before you come but get up here quickly!!! Skiers are in heaven and snowshoers are actually finding snow to slough through!
|Looking south from the Around the Mountain Trail. Not sure what we're looking at! What do you think?|
I was over towards Littleton again yesterday so I went out to explore Weeks State Park and Mt Prospect in Lancaster. My plan was to ski up and down the auto road which is closed in winter. However I got there 3:30pm and the nicely open snowmobile trail around the base of the mountain beckoned. I followed it for 3/4 of a mile and then the aptly named "Around the Mountain" trail veered off to the left. Two nice older men had just barely snowshoed the route so my trail was nicely broken in but not trammeled! I wandered around Mt Prospect on this trail with Mt Prospect always on my left. There were a couple of wicked little hills I had to side step on my backcountry skis but nothing horrendous and the flip side of that was some nice downhill runs with good control in the
|Around the Lake Trail|
new snow! I got good skill practice in and my own confidence increased substantially! I might actually feel in good skiing shape by the end of this winter at this rate! I got back to the car just as the sun was fading away into nothingness and my glow from a phenomenal time in the woods was becoming brilliant!!!
|My wicked little hill! The only one this steep and it was twice this long.|
The Around the Mountain Trail begins off of NH Rt 3 south of Lancaster NH. It is listed in the White Mountain Guide but is not found on any of the AMC Maps. I found a nice little read out of the trails in Weeks State Park here and printed it off for reference. As I skied around the mountain I found both the Davidge Trail and the Old
Carriage Road well marked with signs. All trails looked to be in good condition and passable but I saw few blazes. With new snow you may have a good challenge to follow them. The Lancaster Heritage Trail also runs through the park and this is kind of fun to look into for all you explorers! The Heritage Trail did have metal markings of orange and black.
|Coming out in the Dark.|
Be sure to give us a call to reserve your stay either here at Joe Dodge Lodge or the Highland Center You are approximately 45 minutes to an hour away from Weeks State Park at either facility. And as always give us a call at the Front Desk at Pinkham Notch for further questions or information. The AMC also offers and hosts clinics and group trips for snowshoeing, ice climbing, avalanche certifications and winter mountaineering. All of our programs for the '13/'14 season can be found on our Activities and Events Page. For any general questions, conditions information, or trail advice, please feel free to contact us here at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front desk. We are available by phone at (603) 466-2721 every day from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make reservations at AMC Lodges and Huts, please call (603)466-2727 available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm. We also offer ski and stay packages at our Joe Dodge Lodge and the Highland Center.
Happy Winter Adventuring!
Backcountry Information Specialist
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
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