We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not really a cult, but it's on most skiiers' bucket list to ski Tuckerman's Ravline. No lifts - except your legs. It's a serious workout. The snow up there on Mt. Washington can be great deep powder in early April.
There is no such thing as reliably nice weather on Mt. Washington, but most New Englanders have vowed to climb it in summer if not winter. Hiking to the top of Mt. W in winter is an ultra-macho and dangerous adventure, but hiking up the ravine is do-able with skis on your back. Hike Mt. Washington Via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail
A friend skied it last week with his 7 year-old son. He ended up carrying the kid's backpack and his skis up. Just one torturous hike up and one wild and hairy run down. Pick your ski route down carefully. It's rugged, lots of rocks. Hiking up Mt. Washington in summer is a good outing, much easier but still a leg challenge.
My wife and I hiked Mount Washington last year over the Memorial Day weekend. We hiked the Tuckerman's Ravine trail. There were still hard core skiers and snowboarders making runs on the remaining snow. Crazy steep. Great hike up Washington. The last mile is nothing more than a giant rock pile though and then you contend with the tourists who drove up or took the cog. Not your typical White Mountain mountaintop experience.
I hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up to the top in early '70s (late summer). Strange how one arrives at the summit area and can buy a cup of coffee. Definitely different from ascents of Mt Katahdin or Mt Rainier. I suppose Katahdin is more comparable to Mt Washington, but the Hunt Trail is still a ballbuster. Out here a great hike is Harney Peak, highest in the Black Hills. Bear Butte is also fun.