Brooks Dodge skis the headwall at Tuckerman’s Ravine, Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, circa 1950s.
Purloined from elsewhere on the web:
Brooks Dodge grew up in the shadow of Tuckerman’s Ravine in New Hampshire and is considered one of the pioneers of extreme skiing in the United States. After winning the 1947 Eastern downhill when he was only 17 he went on to compete in the alpine and slalom events at the 1950 and 1954 World Championships as well as the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. In the 1960s he helped develop heliskiing in the Canadian Rockies backcountry. Dodge also became a competitive glider, but in September 1978 he was involved in a severe crash in a glider accident. It took him several years to recover, but he eventually returned to the ski slopes.
Gay marriage is legal here. This is probably the thing I am most proud of. Because of this, my uncles got married on November 13, 2010 after being together for over 24 years. They celebrated their 25th anniversary two weeks ago.
We have beautiful scenery, the views are amazing and breathtaking and I find myself taken aback by them on occasion and I’ve lived here my whole life.
We have taxes on everything and part of me likes that because the one thing we don’t tax is pre-packaged food (like what you’d buy in the grocery store), clothing, and other goods that are necessary to get by in poverty. It makes it easier for those who are less fortunate to get the things that they really need. I live in a certified “economically depressed region”, so I see a lot of kids who are working full-time and not attending school full-time just to get by. However, our property taxes could be lower… and the view tax could definitely be done away with.
We’re home to one of the most popular international skiing destinations in the world: Tuckerman’s Ravine. Located on the southeast face of Mt. Washington, the average snowpack for Tuck’s is roughly 55 feet. It is regularly skiied into July and on a good spring day, literally thousands of people have been known to ski there, cars lining the road for up to two miles in each direction. It’s a hike up, ski down situation with no lift access and very challenging terrain.
We have Mount Washington, which is home to some of the worst weather on Earth. The highest wind speed recorded by man was recorded here on April 12, 1934 and registered at 231mph. The highest wind speed on record is actually someplace in Australia or some shit, but it was recorded by a machine so nobody in NH gives a fuck. A trip up the Mount Washington Auto Road (the oldest man-made tourist attraction in the United States) takes visitors from a standard alpine climate found throughout the northern US and Canada to a climate similar to that of places located above the Arctic Circle while holding an elevation of just over 6,000 feet. The only successful U.S. Everest Expeditionary team trained exclusively on Mount Washington.
We have Bike Week in Laconia. This is a gathering of motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the U.S. and the world for nine days in June. It is one of the oldest and most popular events of its kind. The event just celebrated its 88th anniversary. During Bike Week, a one-mile radius around Weirs Beach in Laconia becomes a motorcycle and pedestrian only area, excusing of course those who live within the radius.