Most backcountry skiiers do not consider turns you havent earned under your own power to be true backcountry. Hence out of bounds stuff that is accesed by a ski lift has come to be known as “Slack Country”. Access to some of the backcountry skiing on Mt Washington becomes a lot easier every spring when the Auto Road opens, hence the term “Auto Slacking” has come to be used. A few regulars to the mountain have taken auto slacking to a whole new level by celebrating the end of ski season with an Annual “Slack Fest” which has been on Memorial Day weekend the past few years. Slack Fest is celebrated on a snowfield on the east side of the mountain near the summit only about 100 vertical feet below the parking lot. The proximity to the parking lot allows BBQ grills and plenty of beer to be on site, making for a great time.
Saturday Emily and I drove up the auto road into the clouids to play on the quickly fading snowfield. There were a bunch of familiar faces and some new faces to me, but it was hard to see them with visibility so low. The low visibility made for few pictures. But we still had a great time
Pic of me dropping into the fog taken by Brenda:
I like how this one came out.
A little vid Emily shot of me when the weather cleared for a few minutes
PS On the way up north we saw a moose!