Backcountry Skiing Comes East, to Where it StartedBy Michael Frank on February 19th, 2013
It’s hardly the Wasatch or Teton Pass, but backcountry skiing in the East has history at least as old as venerable western spots. In the 1930s Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps cut hundreds of trails, some of them for skiing, including the Thunderbolt, a slash down Massachusetts’s Mount Greylock that even today is steep and scary to ski. Trails like Thunderbolt are coming back into use thanks to the continent-wide backcountry revolution. You can legally skin up the back of Stowe, in Vermont, and of course Mt. Washington is famous for Tuckerman Ravine, but beyond Tucks there are lesser lights in the White Mountains that are just as rewarding. And so many of these lines are empty of boot-pack lines precisely because this isn’t the Tetons and most Eastern skiers don’t see the adventure (and the history) in their own backyards. Via New York Times.
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