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Downhill From Here
Four days before they closed for the 2012-13 season, Cranmore had lots of sunshine and lots of snow on most of their trails. (Tim Jones/ photo)

Downhill From Here: Seeking the Kings of Spring, Part 2

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Now let me say right here that the ultimate King of Kings of Spring here in the Northeast was, is and forever will be Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington, where the skiing this year should easily last until the 4th of July. Of course, you have to hike to get your turns at Tucks, and any adventure there always comes with a risk of avalanches, falling ice and crevasses – any of which can kill you if you aren’t careful. Never head up to Tuckerman without reading and heeding the latest advisory from the Mount Washington Avalanche Center ( But mere mortals who prefer to …

Downhill from here: Winter’s late gasp provides spring thrill

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I’ll admit it, when I first planned our annual “Kings of Spring” ski getaway, I’d envisioned day after day of warm spring sunshine and corn snow, people gathered on the decks at noontime, weekend afternoons watching silly season events between runs – all the joys of spring skiing. Exactly what we’d enjoyed at …

Downhill From Here: Silly season is upon us

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I call it silly season. Every ski area in the East gets just a little crazy as the end of the season looms, perhaps to show the snow gods how much we are going to miss winter. Anyway, almost every ski hill entices folks to a last day on the slopes with friendly …