New Hampshire
Black Mountain Resort: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Submitted on February 22, 2017 by newenglandskier13 (161 Rating161)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeDiscount from Third Party
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions90% open; Spring Snow, Variable Conditions
Glades GladesSome glades had thin spots and exposed rocks, but skied well
Moguls MogulsLots of moguls on ungroomed terrain
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)None
Run of the Day Run of the DayLostbo Glades
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageNone had
Comments CommentsIt 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.
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