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Friday February 17, 2021

Just returned from the Ski Reps Expo in Providence where I gathered up lots of good prizes for the Silent Auction at Bretton Woods Base Lodge on March 17th and 18th during the Son Of Inferno Race.  The reps have donated skis, bindings, poles, boots, sleds, down jackets, goggles, sun glasses. There are vacation packages, season passes, golf clubs and a golf bag, and lots lots more. On the way back, I stopped at Wachusett, Nashoba Valley and Gunstock, appealling to them to put teams into the Son of Inferno Ski Area Division.  It looks like they all had a great base and with cold temps coming in tonight, they will be able to put the frosting on the cake for vacation week.


We  have teams signing up every day and there is still room for more if you hurry. In the Tuckerman Category, we have 18 men and 2 Tuckerwomen. That leaves room for 2 more men and 18 Tuckerwomen.

This week, our web page guy will be putting up the names of individual participants and the names of the teams that have registered so you can check out your competition.

Don't left at the starting gate without a number by procrastinating. Remember there is a limit of 20 men, 20 women and 30 teams.


We will also be listing the teams and individuals as they come in.  We have some men and women individuals but no teams signed on so far. In the Ski Area Division I have a number of commitments for the areas who will be fielding team and will be calling a lot more in the next couple of weeks. Just so you know what is involved, the team entry fee is $375.00 or $75.00 per individual.  That includes a Friday night reception with cash bar and finger food, a ski lift ticket at Bretton Woods, a membership in FOTR, a T-shirt and a buffet/awards ceremony also a chance to win some great prizes and bid on some super items at the Silent Auction.

The Son of Inferno has been designed to be more user friendly than the the hard core athletic demands of the Tuckerman Inferno.


As I sit here in my third floor office suite at the Gibson Center in North Conway, The temperature is rapidly dropping and the wind threatens to take the roof off.

The rain showers and mild air across the region will be replaced by snow and invading arctic air today as an intense area of low pressure will slide to the north and push a strong cold front across the state. Temperatures will drop back to around freezing, and winds will gust to as high as 60 mph this afternoon and evening. The snow will slowly come to an end tonight, but it will continue to be windy and cold. The remainder of the holiday weekend looks clear with temperatures slowly warming to seasonable readings by Monday.

Tim Markle
Staff Meteorologist, Mount Washington Observatory

For Saturday it looks like bogerous weather and unless you are in for an extreme winter experience it will be best to stay away from Mount Washington. If you feel the urge to take it on, make sure you are prepared with the right equipment and clothing and take at least six friends with you to lug you off the mountain in case you get hurt. Make sure before you head out to check the USFS Avalanche Bulletin.  Those guys really know what they are talking about.

I have been told by the horse's mouth that I should sign this thing so people know who "I" is. My picture is at the top of this letter and I am the Executive Director of FOTR. My name is Albert L Risch, most folks call me Al and yesterday I celebrated my birthday. I have finally reached middle age as I am halfway to 146.

Lastly Friends of Tuckerman Ravine is officially adopting the Sherburne and Gulf of the Slide ski trails.  We are looking for volunteers to help maintain these trails.  Any one interested in helping out in the spring, summer and fall should contact the office via email or by phone and ask for Al.

Next update on Feb.24, 2006

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine | Box 844 | North Conway, NH 03860
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