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PHOTOS: Spring slopes at Tuckerman Ravine

  • Alpenglow, the first rays of direct sunlight, colors Tuckerman Ravine as Charlie Randall of Merrimac, Mass., reaches his backcountry skiing destination, Easter Sunday morning, March 31, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire. Skiing Tuckerman Ravine is an annual right of spring for skiers willing to hike about three miles from Pinkham Notch. Many skiers go an additional mile to the summit before making their run. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Alpenglow, the first rays of direct sunlight, colors Tuckerman Ravine as Charlie Randall of Merrimac, Mass., reaches his backcountry skiing destination, Easter Sunday morning, March 31, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire. Skiing Tuckerman Ravine is an annual right of spring for skiers willing to hike about three miles from Pinkham Notch. Many skiers go an additional mile to the summit before making their run. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Strong winds kick up to challenge Canadian climber Michael LaRose, of Montreal, as he travels through the Alpine Garden, an area known for vegetation commonly found in the northern tundra, below the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. While it may be spring in lower elevations, winter still has its grip on the Northeast's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Strong winds kick up to challenge Canadian climber Michael LaRose, of Montreal, as he travels through the Alpine Garden, an area known for vegetation commonly found in the northern tundra, below the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. While it may be spring in lower elevations, winter still has its grip on the Northeast's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Snow flies from a climber's crampons as he ascends the summit cone of Mt. Washington Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The 6,288-foot peak is the highest in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Snow flies from a climber's crampons as he ascends the summit cone of Mt. Washington Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The 6,288-foot peak is the highest in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • A pine marten pauses while crossing the Lion's Head winter route, a steep trail that leads to the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    A pine marten pauses while crossing the Lion's Head winter route, a steep trail that leads to the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • A pair of hikers brave 17 degree Fahrenheit temperatures at the summit of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The duo, medical students at Columbia University, shed their clothes to streak the final 50 yards to the summit. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    A pair of hikers brave 17 degree Fahrenheit temperatures at the summit of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The duo, medical students at Columbia University, shed their clothes to streak the final 50 yards to the summit. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • A skier and his dog make their way through the snowfields below the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The dog later survived a terrifying fall, tumbling several hundred feet, while trying to follow his master over the Headwall, a 55-degree pitch in Tuckerman Ravine. The Forest Service has no rules against taking dogs into the backcountry of Mt. Washington. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    A skier and his dog make their way through the snowfields below the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The dog later survived a terrifying fall, tumbling several hundred feet, while trying to follow his master over the Headwall, a 55-degree pitch in Tuckerman Ravine. The Forest Service has no rules against taking dogs into the backcountry of Mt. Washington. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • A skier makes his way down the Left Gully, a backcountry ski run with a 40-degree pitch, Saturday, March 30, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The mountain is considered to be the birthplace of backcountry skiing in the East, providing skiers with some of the most challenging terrain in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    A skier makes his way down the Left Gully, a backcountry ski run with a 40-degree pitch, Saturday, March 30, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The mountain is considered to be the birthplace of backcountry skiing in the East, providing skiers with some of the most challenging terrain in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • A climber pours steaming water into a bottle that he will use to keep his sleeping bag warm while camping in a lean-to at Hermit Lake, Friday evening, March 29, 2013, on the slopes of Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    A climber pours steaming water into a bottle that he will use to keep his sleeping bag warm while camping in a lean-to at Hermit Lake, Friday evening, March 29, 2013, on the slopes of Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Hikers cross the windswept southern shoulder of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. Large cairns built up of rocks line a path in an area where fog, clouds, or snowstorms make route-finding difficult. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Hikers cross the windswept southern shoulder of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. Large cairns built up of rocks line a path in an area where fog, clouds, or snowstorms make route-finding difficult. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Alpenglow, the first rays of direct sunlight, colors Tuckerman Ravine as Charlie Randall of Merrimac, Mass., reaches his backcountry skiing destination, Easter Sunday morning, March 31, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire. Skiing Tuckerman Ravine is an annual right of spring for skiers willing to hike about three miles from Pinkham Notch. Many skiers go an additional mile to the summit before making their run. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • Strong winds kick up to challenge Canadian climber Michael LaRose, of Montreal, as he travels through the Alpine Garden, an area known for vegetation commonly found in the northern tundra, below the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. While it may be spring in lower elevations, winter still has its grip on the Northeast's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • Snow flies from a climber's crampons as he ascends the summit cone of Mt. Washington Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The 6,288-foot peak is the highest in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • A pine marten pauses while crossing the Lion's Head winter route, a steep trail that leads to the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • A pair of hikers brave 17 degree Fahrenheit temperatures at the summit of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The duo, medical students at Columbia University, shed their clothes to streak the final 50 yards to the summit. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • A skier and his dog make their way through the snowfields below the summit of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. The dog later survived a terrifying fall, tumbling several hundred feet, while trying to follow his master over the Headwall, a 55-degree pitch in Tuckerman Ravine. The Forest Service has no rules against taking dogs into the backcountry of Mt. Washington. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • A skier makes his way down the Left Gully, a backcountry ski run with a 40-degree pitch, Saturday, March 30, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The mountain is considered to be the birthplace of backcountry skiing in the East, providing skiers with some of the most challenging terrain in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • A climber pours steaming water into a bottle that he will use to keep his sleeping bag warm while camping in a lean-to at Hermit Lake, Friday evening, March 29, 2013, on the slopes of Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • Hikers cross the windswept southern shoulder of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. Large cairns built up of rocks line a path in an area where fog, clouds, or snowstorms make route-finding difficult. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Associated Press photographer Robert Bukaty spent a weekend on Mount Washington photographing the early spring visitors to the mountain. While the sunshine warms the rest of the state, winter still holds sway above treeline.

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