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risking for a ski run. Hillman’s Highway just
north of Boott Spur, looked very good. Hillman’s High- way holds snow well, it is the longest and at the bot- tom it shoots right onto the Sherburne Trail. Top of Hillman’s elevation is 5,300 feet and Pinkham Center’s elevation is 2,030 feet—that is 3,270 vertical feet of skiing! The three of us climbed
up the gully and the snow was soft and very good to kick steps. There were
THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, April 15, 2010
only a few people way above us and that made me feel good because I don’t like the risk of falling people and gear either. We passed an open wa-
terfall and it was a good reminder of the dangers that can lurk underneath the pretty snow. About half way up Rachel be- gan making comments concerning her gumption. At about three quarters we packed out a flat spot in the snow so later she could easily put her skis on and we left her sitting
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Charlie is skiing by open water near the bottom third of Hillman’s Highway. Warm sunny weather is melting the snow very quickly. The Sherburne Trail is no longer skiable all the way to the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Route 16.
in the sun on a dry rock. Charlie and I continued
climbing more quickly and near the top it gets very steep. I felt like I was climbing a ladder that was straight up and down. On top there wasn’t a snow lip and we scrambled up the rocks.
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Skis, boots, poles, sunscreen, check! We donned our packs in the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center parking lot before we began hiking up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.
The summit of Mount
Washington looked very near and we could see the top edge of the Bowl. Across the way Wildcat looked like a good place to ski too. I jumped in first and it
was necessary to make a lot of little turns to keep from gaining speed too quickly. Yahoo! It was fun. Rachel saw us com- ing and put on her own skis. The snow was soft and wonderful. We flirted a moment with the open water and we kept mak- ing turns all the way to the top of the Sherburne
Trail. We passed a dozen people who were just be- ginning their hike up Hill- man’s. Oh glorious Sherburne
Trail! Thank you for hold- ing your snow all the way to the parking lot below. After our descent our legs did sure burn. Have Fun!
Amy Patenaude is an
avid skier/outdoor enthu- siast from Henniker, N.H. Readers are welcome to send comments or sug- gestions to her at: amy@ weirs.com.
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