On my hike up Mt Tecumseh this weekend, I met a handful of skiers and snowboarders climbing up the Mt Tecumseh hiking trail in order to ski down the slopes of the adjacent ski resort on Tecumseh's southern slope.
Each of them had a different reason for this. One told me it was purely an economic decision, since he couldn't afford an $80 lift ticket. Another wanted the exercise, and a third wanted a challenge. He had climbed up and skied down Tuckerman Ravine on the east slope of Mt Washington a few weeks prior and wanted more of the same.
I think this is cool. There are a lot of ski slopes in New England where you can hike up an adjacent hiking trail and ski down the nearby ski slopes. The Mt Tecumseh trail is very convenient for this, but there are resorts in New Hampshire such as Wildcat and Cannon where I bet you can hike in from adjacent mountains. Same in Vermont.
But is it legal? Is skiing down a commercial ski slope permissible if you hike up on adjacent public land and don't use their chair lifts? I don't really know. It probably violates all kinds of liability provisions with the ski resorts. It might even be trespassing. But, from what I gather, it's a tradition in parts of the US.
Whatever, I think this kind of thing should be encouraged by ski slope operators. What is the rush, after all?
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