"In southern New England, the crocuses are up. The robins are back. The sidewalk vendors are hawking bouquets of tulips and daffodils. And hundreds of people are ascending the slippery ridges of granite, with slopes as steep as 55 degrees, above the vast Tuckerman Ravine-an enormous cirque on the southeast side of Mount Washington. Every spring, when avalanche danger subsides and the sun crests the edge of the bowl and softens the ice, this wild and challenging region in northern New Hampshire opens to daredevil skiers.
On this White Mountain hike, you’ll get a great workout, fine mountain views, and have the added bonus of seeing the backcountry powderhounds take on "Tucks." In April and May, and some years into June, crowds (sometimes more than 2000 people on a spring weekend!) gather at Picnic Rocks, a jumble of giant boulders at the base of the ravine. They come to enjoy the surrounding winter splendor and to ooh and ahh as skiers successfully maneuver the mountain or to gasp and groan as others slip, slide, tumble, and turn into fast-moving, human snowballs."