4th Annual Tuckerman Ravine SledFest - Go Big or Stay Home!

  • April 7, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.


What we're doing

The plan is simple - we are going to hike up to Tuckerman Ravine and do some sledding. If you just want to tag along and watch things you can do that too. If the weather cooperates we can spend the day sledding and lounging around so bring your sled and some type of inflatable camp chair. We will finish the day by sledding down the John Shurburne Ski Trail - there are some long straights, a few sweeping s-turns, and lots of bumps at the bottom.

The top speed two year's ago was 42.2 MPH! Here are a couple of videos and some pictures from years past...

If you don’t bring a sled you will miss out on the fun. The most popular choices are:


Be sure to have a way to secure your sled to your pack for the snow shoe up and your snow shoes to your pack for the sled down.

If you want to sled on this trip you must bring a helmet - the slopes are steep so the speeds will be fast, there are exposed rocks that won't be all that forgiving if you hit them, and there will be skiers and snow boarders all around us.

  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a pamphlet titled "Which Helmet for Which Activity" which provides useful information covering a broad range of helmets.
  • While there isn't a helmet specifically designed for sledding, they recommend that wearing a ski helmet (ASTM F2040; CEN 1077; Snell RS-98 or S-98), a bicycle helmet (ASTM F1447; Snell B-90/95 or N-94), or a skateboard helmet (ASTM F1492; Snell N-94) is preferable to wearing no helmet at all.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted on this hike.


Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 6 miles and climb about 1,900 feet. If the weather is nice plan to be out all day. People will be able to come and go as they please.

This event is considered to be MODERATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.



Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.



We will meet inside the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center near the fireplace by the front door. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is about 154 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 10 minutes to drive there.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.


Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Paul G.

    Great sledding with you all! Here's some footage I took that clearly shows I didn't fall at all. :)

    2 · April 8, 2013

    • Emily

      How did you shoot so much video? You must be a sledding superhero to cover so much ground! Great footage! Thanks!

      April 9, 2013

    • Paul G.

      You're all too kind. My method was simple... go really fast, hit a tree (that's different than falling!), then shoot some video while recovering. :p Hope everyone's bruises are healing up nicely.

      1 · April 10, 2013

  • Michael B.

    While I wish the weather was good enough for us to go up and attack the left gully over and over again I can't complain - it was still a great day with great people. We will be back next year!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Amal

    One word: "Awesome"! Despite flying over moguls and landing in the trees, I managed to stay put on the Zipfy (this time around). So much so, that I ended up taking it home with me.

    3 · April 7, 2013

    • Joe C.

      You turtled me!

      1 · April 8, 2013

    • Emily

      Funny, Amal! Your sledding style was exciting to watch!

      April 8, 2013

  • Emily

    Super fun! Thanks, Michael! It was great to meet everyone, too. I am craving doing it again! Impressive gutsiness by all!

    2 · April 8, 2013

  • Desiree

    SUCH a blast despite the weather in the bowl. I have the bruises to prove just how much fun I had ;)

    2 · April 8, 2013


    Dianne and I want to thank everyone, especially Monica and Michael, for a great time on Sunday!!! We had a fantastic time with a wonderful group of people and look forward to seeing everyone again!!!

    3 · April 8, 2013

  • Sarah L

    It was a blast. Sledding was extremely fast and lost of fun. I'm looking forward to next year's event.

    2 · April 8, 2013

  • Monica T.

    Disappointed it was to windy to go into the bowl, but what fun it was to go sledding on the trail.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Jackie

    Thanks Michael and Monica !!!

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Jackie

    Absolute blast ! Fun people = fun times and throw a zipfy in and well it gets out of control.... literally :)

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Matt

    If you want to feel like a kid again... this is the meetup you want!

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Though it was too windy and cold to hit the bowl we had an awesome time on the Sherburne. It seemed like everyone got the hang of the Zipfys in no time

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Michael B.

    The forecast is now predicting rain after 1:00 PM. That works for me. It should be in the 30's but there will be some wind so be prepared. Remember, if your not sledding you might be standing around so bring a warm layer.

    April 6, 2013

  • Matt

    Hello sledding bandits! I'd like to make a last minute proposal for adding a marching song to this outfit! There are many websites that offer suggestions for hiking melodies The one I like is Happy Together by the Turtles. Here's an example of the song as usurped in a Toyota commercial:


    Instead of singing "so happy together" we can sing "we're sledding together."

    I can print out a couple dozen copies of the lyrics. Or, if we have any professional musicians or jesters in the group, maybe there's a better idea for a song?

    April 4, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    http://zipfy.com/howtoride.php. For those who wonder how to ride a Zipfy. Stopping is important. :)

    March 30, 2013

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