Top three reasons to go ski mountaineering in New England
Test your skills in the birthplace of ski mountaineering in the US
Choose one (or more) of the hundreds of world-class tours
Enjoy the American Northeast’s breathtaking views and snowy wilderness
New England is the birthplace of the US ski mountaineering scene. With more and more people ditching the ski lifts and resorts for alpine touring gear and the backcountry, the region is set to become the most important wintertime outdoors destination in the States. And with a good reason—Mount Washington and the surrounding mountains offer perfect mountaineering conditions and challenging terrain, with boundless terrain to get lost in. The New England backcountry is no walk in the park—these slopes will push even the most seasoned mountaineering experts to their limit. However, conquering New England’s plentiful objectives will reward you with an unmatched sense of achievement, as well as the finest vistas in the American Northeast. If you’re looking for an awesome ski mountaineering tour, you’ve got a few hundred to choose from right here!
January through March
Portland, ME, is 2 hours away from Glen, NH, the starting point for the tours
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Ski Mountaineering Tours in New England
Earn your turns in New England’s breathtaking backcountry with this ski mountaineering day tour! Take on New England’s world-renowned objectives and push your ski mountaineering skills to the limit. Conquer Lincoln’s Throat, the Gulf of Slides, Tuckerman Ravine, and many more objectives under the watchful eye of an experienced local guide.
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AMGA Certified Guides
Awesome guide service with some of the best professionals around! Highly recommend for any outdoor adventure you might be looking to have!
The guides are terrific! Knowledgeable, confident, and extremely competent. They made my day. Overall, a great experience. I can’t wait to do it again!
Things to know
Covid measures in New England
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in New England, please refer to New Hampshire’s COVID-19 guidelines for out-of-state visitors.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski mountaineering guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of ski mountaineering
- Transportation from Glen, NH to the trailhead and back
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Glen, NH
- Accommodations (available at the guide’s Bunkhouse in Glen, NH, for a fee of $30 per person)
- Technical climbing equipment
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have an excellent level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. The terrain in New England is rough and challenging, and you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging black diamond-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
What if I’ve never ski mountaineered before?
This ski mountaineering adventure is designed for advanced backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers with previous experience. You will be on your feet for a full day, traversing challenging terrain in variable conditions. Participants should be well-versed in the proper techniques for effective uphill and downhill travel in advanced terrain, such as terrain selection and analysis, avalanche awareness brief and beacon searches, sound transitions in steep terrain, and steep skiing.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski mountaineering gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
- Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
- Crampons (can be rented)
- Ice ax (can be rented)
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
- Harness for glacier travel
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Warm hat
- Buff or neck gaiter
- Ball hat or sun hat
- Ski goggles
- Lightweight gloves
- Medium weight gloves
- Heavy insulated mittens
- Light insulating layer or softshell top
- Wind and waterproof hardshell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Insulated parka
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear, and socks
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- The food you can eat on-the-go
- First aid kit
- Daypack with waist wrap (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- You can rent the beacon, shovel, and probe from your guide’s affiliate in Glen
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from your guide’s affiliate in Glen
- Splitboards can be rented from your guide’s affiliate in Glen
- Crampons and ice tools can be rented from your guide’s affiliate in Glen
Ski rental locations are in Glen, NH, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and age requirements
- For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 2:1.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Ski mountaineering tours in New England can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors above the age of 10 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski mountaineer with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
If your group has ski mountaineers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Glen, NH, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Portland International Jetport. From there, you can rent a car and take a 2-hour drive to Glen, NH, or take a bus to Naples American Legion and take a taxi, which will take you around 2h15min total.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at the guide’s Bunkhouse in Glen, NH. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.