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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

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Alternatives to a ski weekend

April 4, 2021
Emilie Phillips

We rented a hotel room in Gorham for the first weekend in April. From 4 days out, it looked like the weekend might be great. But as the weather forecast came closer and closer into view, Saturday’s forecast stayed below freezing. And Sunday, the mountain forecast got above freezing but with 50mph winds in the […]

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Gulf of Slides, last ski trip this season

April 10, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Last weekend, I said it was my last ski trip of the year. This weekend is definitely the last ski trip. We wouldn’t have bothered, except the Mount Washington Ski Patrol needed some volunteers to haul the rescue sled back up to Gulf of Slides. (See the incident reports.) We volunteered as did some of […]

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Last Tracks at Crescent Ridge

March 27, 2021
Emilie Phillips

We claimed last tracks on Crescent Ridge for the season. When we first planned the last NH AMC family trip for end of March at Crescent Ridge, that sounded like a reasonable idea. After all, it worked in 2018 and 2019. Well, the snow this year just hasn’t been up to snuff. We had three […]

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Isaac on Hillman’s Highway

March 21, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Isaac skied Hillman’s Highway from top to bottom this weekend. This gully is just outside of Tuckerman Ravine. It is a 1,300 foot drop with 30-40° slope. Isaac knows the Tuckerman Ravine trail from Pinkham Notch to Hermit Lake. He is starting to recognize landmarks. “Is that the Sherburne right over there Dad? Let’s go […]

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Skiing Hillman’s Highway

April 15, 2017
Tyson Sawyer

[draft written in 2017] For Mt. Washington spring skiing, Hillman’s Highway is a classic. A classic that I had not yet checked off my bucket list, but this looked to be the perfect day to do so. The sun had warmed things early, the sky was blue. Just the conditions that my spring AMC trips […]

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AMC Family ski trip to Bretton Woods

March 13, 2021
Emilie Phillips

I was scheduled to co-lead an AMC trip with Erik. Normally that would mean lots of organization and some coaching. But Erik did all the screening. And the folks who actually came were all regulars. So this turned into just a fun ski together. We had planned to ski the White Mountain National Forest Beaver […]

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Vacation day 2 – Jackson

February 24, 2021
Emilie Phillips

For the second day of our mini-vacation, we met up with Cheri at Jackson. Isaac and Cheri both like skate skiing, but I figured a whole day of skate skiing would be too much for him. So we did half the day classic and half the day skating. The previous day, we had cross country […]

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Mom and Isaac mini winter vacation

February 23, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Isaac had school vacation at the end of February as usual. Unlike usual, though, we couldn’t spend the week on an epic ski adventure with the grandparents. So, instead, I took two days off work and met up with friends in the Whites for cross country skiing. We actually brought our Telemark skis too, but […]

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The winter is a wonderful time to get out in the woods. We enjoy untracked snow in New England on cross country and Telemark skis.

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