The Northeast has some incredible lines and powder skiing on good years as well as some truly wild summits. Some of the nation’s best skiers came from the Northeast including Chris Davenport, Dan and John Egan and other pioneers of peak skiing going back to the 1920s. Some peaks in the Northeast have vertical drops of over 4000′ and lines with as much exposure as Colorado 14ers. The peaks hide their full beauty from the millions of summer tourists that drive through them because the best terrain is far from the road and trees block visibility from roads. To experience the Northeast your really have to get into the backcountry. The peaks fluctuate between deep pow and ice of the worst kind. Ski areas here are often icy while powder can still be found in the backcountry. Backcountry skiing in the region is far more difficult than the entry-level backcountry in the west. Skiers should master tight tree skiing and handling variable conditions including tough crusts before getting out here.
Above: Northeastern skiers prepare for an Adirondack descent Below: NASA imagery of the Northeast during winter.
Skiing snowy Northeastern Highpoints (gets a base most years):
Mount Marcy – New York. 5344′
Mount Mansfield – Vermont. 4393′
Mount Greylock – Massachusetts. 3491′
Mount Frissell – Connecticut. 2454′
Mount Washington – New Hampshire. 6288′
Mount Katahdin – Maine. 5267′
Not included due to lack of consistent snowfall:
Jerimoth Hill – Rhode Island. 812′
High Point – New Jersey. 1804′
Mount Davis – Pennsylvania. 3212′
Most of the footage shot on Northeastern Highpoints was done on video tape on formats including VHS-C and mini-DV starting in the 1990s. I’ll be reshooting some of these episodes in HD video. See some samples of footage in the montage below:
Articles on the Northeastern Highpoints:
Other Regions of the project: