Winter Sports in the White Mountains

Not many boarding schools can utilize their surroundings as well as The White Mountain School.  Given our location in the rugged North Country above Franconia Notch in New Hampshire, we are able to offer our students some extraordinary opportunities in outdoor recreation.  When the days get shorter and nights brighter, with snow covering the grounds, our students are able to explore our surroundings via their co-curricular activities and winter sports.  Although we offer more traditional sports like basketball – we also host backcountry skiing and snowboarding teams, among others.  Read more about what the coaches of these sports have to say:

Matthew Toms – Backcountry Skiing

After a terrible winter last year, the backcountry ski team is excited to get out and explore this season!  We’re planning to ski the backside of Cannon Mountain, the Cog Railway on Mt Washington, the Sherbourne and Gulf of Slides trails in Pinkham Notch, and hopefully explore some lines in Crawford and Kinsman Notches, as well as, the Ammonoosuc Ravine.  In the spring we will make our annual journey to celebrate sliding on snow (sometimes with thousands of other people!) up in Tuckerman Ravine! The early season has been great for building a solid base of snow and has given us a chance to log some miles on our skis and hone skills at Cannon Mountain.  We have been reviewing winter backcountry travel, layering systems, how and what to pack for a day trip. We have also started some avalanche training, learning about the different types of avalanches, and recognizing its terrain and starting zone factors. It is important to know safe travel techniques and practice smart decision making with this sport.  

Eliot Taft – Snowboarding

The snowboarding season has started off with some great early season snowfall and Cannon, our home mountain, has given us some awesome terrain so far.  In the weeks leading up to holiday break it snowed a lot, and our riders utilized every square inch of it!  We have been working hard to prepare for upcoming competitions. Switch riding, edge balance before and after jumps, racing turns and a transition from traditional carving techniques are just a few of the techniques our riders have been perfecting.  Twice a week, we spend our time working at a park we created on Hood’s Hill, right in the middle of our campus. It’s not unusual to see riders using this space outside of practice.  As a new coach it has been terrific to see my students’ passion and energy for riding on the mountain and in our terrain park at school.  We have a great group of riders who couldn’t bring a better attitude to the sport!

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