Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

The original Inferno Race was solely a ski race from the summit of Mount Washington over the Tuckerman Headwall and all the way down to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (then Pinkham Notch Camps). It began in 1932 and attracted all sorts of crazy extreme skiers! In 1939 Toni Matt set his amazing record for the…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains. For more information, check out the book. 1. DIANA’S BATHS Diana’s Baths is a popular family destination suitable for the youngest hikers. A short, level, universally-accessible walk along the Moat Mountain Trail brings you to a former mill site where you…

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I’m back at Pinkham Notch after about 8 months away, but I haven’t done much on account of being sick. I’ve only gone out to play a few times, and even then I have not strayed far. Not to worry though, there is plenty of fun to have near the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Yesterday…

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Intrepid skiers aren’t the only ones gliding through Pinkham Notch this month. As this photo shows, river otters take advantage of the slippery winter conditions to body surf through White Mountain woods and waterways.     Their thick, sleek coats and their hydrodynamic shapes make sliding the easy way to go—on mud, sand, grass, leaves,…

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  Well folks!!! By the time I get this published, conditions may be completely different again but let me give you a glimpse of what is going on up here in the Notches!!! I myself have been cross country skiing over at Great Glen Trails so unfortunately I have not collected any great pictures over…

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I’ve long admired the sinuous grace of telemark skiing. If you’ve ever watched skiers make their way downhill as you rode up a chairlift, you know exactly what I mean. Even the best alpine skiers can look like they’re bullying the mountain, slashing and carving the snow to their will. Good telemarkers, on the other…

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If you’ve ever visited us here at Pinkham Notch, you probably at some point have hiked out to Lost Pond. It is a great way to warm your legs up for heartier hikes and a beautiful pay off for a little bit of work. We send people over there every day when they come through…

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The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (“The Ammi”) is the quickest route up to the Lakes of the Clouds hut and a beautiful way to start a hike to the summit of Mt. Washington. Leaving from the west side of the mountain at the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead, it is 3.1 miles to the hut and 4.5 miles…

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When I was growing up, my bedroom ceiling was adorned with plastic glow-in-the-dark stars, comets, and galaxies. Every night I’d lie in my bed and marvel at the constellations glowing above me––some invented, others favorites from the summer night sky: Cassiopeia, the queen; the Big and Little Dippers; Draco, the dragon. I’d seal off my…

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Snow, whipped off Mount Washington by violent winds, collects in the glacial cirque of Tuckerman Ravine all winter. The eastward-facing bowl captures drifts that can reach 100 feet deep. The snow buries trees and jagged rocks, creating a winter playground that can last into the late spring or even early summer. The first known skiers…

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