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White Mountains | New Hampshire

Backcountry Skiing in the White Mountains

Season

December to April

Nearest city

Portland, ME, is just over 2 hours away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Shred through 786,000 acres of steep-skiing paradise

Since the 1930s, the ski terrain in the Whites has delivered the best conditions for a picture-perfect adventure in the backcountry — quality snowpack, plenty of bluebird days, and many opportunities for any skill level. The White Mountains are home to the highest mountains in the Northeast, with Mt. Washington as their crown jewel, reaching 6,280 feet (over 1900 meters) above sea level. Join your expert guide and explore the most rewarding chutes, glades, runs and ravines New Hampshire has to offer. Reach new heights, learn new techniques, have fun and make the most of your day!

Most Popular Itineraries

Private Intro to Backcountry Skiing

From $295 · Full-day

Escape the crowds and learn all about backcountry skiing from your friendly and professional guide. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and into the off-piste area! Your guide will teach you all about proper skinning techniques and uphill travel, backcountry safety and decision making. Enjoy a day of fun, memorable, and safe skiing down the White Mountains slopes!

A Customized Day of Private Guided Backcountry Skiing

From $295 · Full-day

The White Mountains provide plenty of opportunities for all skill levels and no two adventures are ever the same! Let your guide tailor the perfect day according to your wishes. Whether you wish to learn new techniques and challenge yourself on some of the impressive slopes and glades, or simply enjoy the beauty of the backcountry, this adventure is ideal for you. Ski, have fun, and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering

From $295 · Full-day

Anyone looking for a challenge has come to the right place — with over 780,000 acres of backcountry area and 4000-foot summits, the White Mountains offer many options for advanced skiers. Explore the impressive and dramatic snowy terrain and let your guide take care of the planning. Ski some of the steepest slopes worth adding to your bucket list, like the stunning Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine or the mysterious Gulf of Slides, and enjoy views that will leave you breathless!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in the White Mountains

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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the White Mountains, NH, please refer to the White Mountain National Forest or New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services websites.

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’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A full day of backcountry ski touring

What’s not included:

  • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
  • Trip insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in the White Mountains, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with black level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

Note: For ski tours in Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine and Gulf of Slides we require that you have skied with us in the past and we have been able to assess your ski ability.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring 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)
  • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
    • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
    • Lightweight snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe
  • Crampons and an ice axe (can be rented)

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Lightweight gloves (one pair of fleece gloves)
  • Medium-weight gloves (wind- and water-resistant insulated mountain gloves)
  • Heavy-insulated mitten (wind- and water-resistant insulated mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold, also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove)
  • Buff or neck gaiter (buff makes the best option)
  • Hard-shell jacket with hood – wind and waterproof shell 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
  • Light-insulating layer or soft-shell top (a fleece or other insulation layer)
  • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
  • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
  • Water bottle and 1L of water
  • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • First-aid kit
  • Ball hat or sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Pack with waist strap large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
  • Headlamp
  • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

  • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe can be rented from mntGEAR.
  • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from mntGEAR.
  • Splitboards can be rented from Ski the Whites.
  • Ice axe and crampons can be rented from mntGEAR.

Ski the Whites is in Jackson, NH, and mtnGEAR in Glen, NH. Rentals 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.

What can I expect from skiing with a guide?

A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.

It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1.

The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.

Ski touring in the White Mountains can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
  • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.

If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the White Mountains, NH, most people fly into Portland International Jetport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. The White Mountains are just over 2 hours away.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet your guide at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering at 7am on the day of your tour, and from there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

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