Black Mountain, NH 2/21/2017

in Trip Reports Posts: 1,738
It was another day of spring skiing in February at Black. Temperatures were in the 30s and low 40s and it was sunny until later in the day. Crowds were very minimal, except in the Lostbo Pub, and all lifts were often ski-on. All lifts were running, except for the J-bar, and most trails were open. There was excellent cover most places. The only places with thin cover were in Carter Notch Glade, T2 Glade, and on Upper Galloping Goose. I spent the first hour mostly on groomed trails until the snow softened up. Sun Valley, Maple Slalom, Black Diamond, and Roller Coaster all formed soft moguls in the sun which were excellent. Upper Galloping Goose skied well, even with the thin cover. Glades that skied well included Maple Glades, Carter Notch Glades, Black Forest, Lostbo Glades, and The Never-Ending Trail.

Black Mountain is a great place for a day trip to. It's big enough to offer a good variety of terrain, but small enough that you'll be able to easily ski everything in a day. The Platter Pull is an excellent lift for beginners who have graduated from the rope, but aren't quite ready to head up the big mountain, but I recommend that you ride the platter at least once if you visit for the experience of passing under the double. There is excellent terrain for novices and intermediates on the east side of the mountain which can be accessed from the East Bowl Triple or from the mid-station of the Summit Double. A maze of many narrow, well groomed green and blue trails make their way down to the base and it's a fun area to get yourself lost in because you'll always end up in the same place. There are a number of steeper groomed trails such as Maple Slalom Chute, Big Dipper, and Jackson Standard. Many trails are left natural and skiing in the large meadows under the Triple and Double is something that everyone remembers about Black. The Never-Ending Trail is a fun, narrow glade which isn't steep at all. The main route is marked with yellow ribbons, but other routes can be taken. For the expert skier Black also offers a number of challenging, although short, steeps. Upper Galloping Goose consists of ledges under the upper part of the double and has a path which can be taken to avoid the steep parts if one finds themselves up over their head with everyone on the double watching. Carter Notch Glade, T2 Glade, and White Knuckle are all fun with some very steep parts. Lostbo Glades is and excellent choice for experts and consists of some very steep sections through the woods linked by traverses. Every skier in New England should at least give Black a try once to experience it's old school terrain and vibe.

Upper Jackson StandardimagePlatter PullimageSummit Double Above Roller CoasterimageMy Shadow from the Summit DoubleimageSummit Double Above Sun ValleyimageLooking Down Maple SlalomimageMount Washington from the SummitimageSummit Double from Upper Galloping GooseimageSummit Double Above Sun ValleyimageViewpoint Near the Mid-StationimageCrossing Under the Summit DoubleimageApproaching the Mid-StationimageLooking Up Towards Upper Galloping GooseimageSummit DoubleimageEast Bowl TripleimageEast Bowl TripleimageEntrance to Lostbo Glade and "No Fall Zone" Warningimage
- Sam
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Comments

  • Posts: 807
    These pictures look fantastic. Old skool souls like me relish the chance to ride yesteryear lifts like these lattice Muellers. I have many memories of seeing and riding Mueller t-bars and chairlifts like these back in Switzerland in the 70s and 80s. Those lifts were built to LAST.

    IBRAKE
  • JimKJimK advanced
    Posts: 194
    Nice report and photos!  Makes me want to be there, esp in such good conditions.
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
    Posts: 929
    Thanks for the report  :)] :)] 
  • bubblecufferbubblecuffer advanced
    Posts: 235
    That double has quite the stretch there at the top without any towers!
  • ChuckstahChuckstah advanced
    Posts: 266
    Nice report.  I'm thinking of Black for tomorrow while things are still springy.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    edited February 23 Posts: 1,161
    #1 trip reporter on SJ bar none!!!( ok ski_it your close)

    Very cool shadow pic, and that platter under the double.

    What megapixel is your camera? Extremely clear!

    What year was that Mueller installed? And LATTICE!!!!
    Isn't the j bar that wasn't running the oldest existing lift in New England?

    Is my memory right in that that double had major mechanical issues recently? ( last couple/few yrs?)
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    edited February 23 Posts: 1,161
    Such history, Mueller/ Riblet '65

    Compare the pics of lifts here to yours Sam, much better conditions than 10 yrs ago

    http://www.newenglandskihistory.com/NewHampshire/blackmtn.php


  • Posts: 807
    What's the ski area off in the distance in the one pic?

    IBRAKE
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,161

    What's the ski area off in the distance in the one pic?

    IBRAKE


    Attitash?
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  • Posts: 1,738
    ciscokid said:

    #1 trip reporter on SJ bar none!!!( ok ski_it your close)

    Very cool shadow pic, and that platter under the double.

    What megapixel is your camera? Extremely clear!

    What year was that Mueller installed? And LATTICE!!!!
    Isn't the j bar that wasn't running the oldest existing lift in New England?

    Is my memory right in that that double had major mechanical issues recently? ( last couple/few yrs?)


    My camera is a 16 megapixel Kodak PIXPRO FZ43 which is currently set to 2 megapixels.

    The J-bar is the oldest overhead cable lift in North America, but many components have been replaced, including the J-bars, and it only runs on special occasions.

    There were issues with the hanger arms on the chairs and they were replaced last year.

    What's the ski area off in the distance in the one pic?

    IBRAKE


    That is Attitash
    - Sam
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
    Posts: 285
    Thanks for the help everyone! I had a fantastic day there today, nearly covering the whole mountain! Nice soft spring like conditions today that just kept getting better and better!
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  • JimKJimK advanced
    Posts: 194
    Do they still keep horses in the corral at the base of the ski area?
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    edited February 23 Posts: 1,161
    JimK said:

    Do they still keep horses in the corral at the base of the ski area?

    JimK said:

    Do they still keep horses in the corral at the base of the ski area?

    I recall seeing horses on my September 2007 trip to the north east at Black
  • Posts: 1,738
    JimK said:

    Do they still keep horses in the corral at the base of the ski area?


    Yes, there were a good number in there on Tuesday.
    - Sam
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