4th of July Bowl, Indy Pass, The Great One, Mt. Hood… Argentina?. There are plenty of classic places to go make some celebratory 4th of July turns. Skiing on the 4th is a fantastic tradition that exercises your freedom as an American to the max. I often hear people say though that skiing on the 4th is only for Colorado, or Volcanoes in the Pac NW. If you are stuck on the East Coast you are out of luck.
Not true though! Tuckerman ravine often holds snow into July, and occasionally even August. It is a quick and beautiful hike. This year there was about 500ft of skiable snow left in the run formerly known as Sluice.
I left Stowe, VT at 4:30 am and pulled into a nearly empty lot at 7:30. I jogged up to Hermit Lake, ate a bite and kept climbing.
The Sluice Glacier was looking good and dirty. A couple stream were flowing underneath it, but it looked safe enough.
i took 4 runs for the 4th and called it a day. On my way down I ran into the Northeastern Outing Club on their annual pilgrimage to Tucks. They were is stellar form, decked out in ‘Murica wear, bikinis, grill and beers in hand.
I celebrated the 4th of July, skiing in July, and my 23rd consecutive month skiing with a quick dip in the creek on the way down.
What a way to celebrate this freedoms we are fortunate enough to have in this country!