I headed up to Pinkham Notch Friday morning without a definite plan, I was so indecisive that I had not even decided yet if I wanted to ski or snowboard, so I brought both my AT skis and my splitboard. I still wasn’t sure if I was going to go to GoS or Tux yet either but I was just happy to be going. Unfortunately I would only have time for 1 run today though no matter where I went.
At the parking lot you could not see either one, the higher elevations were still in the clouds. With the Sherburne still skiable most of the way down, I decided to head towards the ravine. The TRT was still about 80% skinnable and I made a new friend on the way up which made the travel time to Hojo’s go by fast. At Hermit Lake the Avi Board was showing most of the chute center bowl to the lip to be moderate. And the ravine was not yet visible. There were quite a few people already up there and they seemed to all be going to do Left Gully. I thought about Right or Lobster Claw but noticed that nobody was on Hillmans. So I choose to go up Hillmans. It was a good choice because there were only 3 other people skiing that area the whole time I was in there and 1 of them was dropping Duchess. When I got to the top of the right variation of Hillmans Highway the clouds lifted for a bit, so I dropped in while the light was not so flat. The snow was really soft and there was a pretty deep runnel down the center of the gully, a lot of snow would sluff with you whenever you would make a turn. I really enjoyed my run.
Tux when I got there.
At the top
Back at Hojo’s views were good,
What I just skied:
The Sherburne was skiable down to the fifth crossover. But the last ¼ mile looked like this. To me this is fun, because it becomes more technical when you have to avoid mud and rocks.