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East Snowfields

Wide open skiing straight off the summit of New England's highest peak.

Ski Touring Moderate

1.2 km
0 m
348 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
1.9 km
East Snowfields Map

The East Snowfields are an open face that descends from the summit of Mount Washington into Tuckerman Ravine. If you’re looking for extra vertical, the East Snowfields are worth every step. This is some of the most open skiing you’ll find in the east. No trees, no rocks, just snow. If you want to ski the East Snowfields, climb The Lip or any of the Alpine Garden lines, at the top, the massive snowfields will come into view. You may need to walk a little bit before you’re underneath them. You can use skins to ascend or just bootpack it. Once at the top of Mount Washington, you’ll have panoramic views for miles (assuming its not foggy). Take a rest or check out the summit for a bit, then head back to the snowfield. There is no correct way to ski this area, you can take it slow or you can ride the fall line. The East snowfields have very few obstacles or obstructions, so there is no need to worry about what’s below you until you near the Alpine Garden. At the bottom, begin traversing back towards Tuckerman Ravine, chances are there will be tracks to follow. This long traverse will eventually funnel you into The Lip. If you wish to avoid The Lip, you can walk across the Alpine Garden to any of the lines lookers right of The Lip. Lobster Claw and Right Gully are your easier way down. The East Snowfields are not easy to get to, but some of the best skiing in the Presidential Range is right here. In the spring, when there can be 1,200 people in The Bowl, you might have this open face all to yourself. Remember that this area does not hold nearly as much snow as Tucks, so it usually melts out by late April.



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between February and May


  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons