The Granite Backcountry Alliance will be hosting a party w/ local beer provided by Tuckerman Brewing Company from 2-5 PM on Sunday March 12, 2017 at Ragged Mountain Equipment.
The 2017 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is proud to partner with the Granite Backcountry Alliance and Tuckerman Brewing Company for this event. All the proceeds from the silent auction and raffle at the Saturday Après Ski Party will go to non profit partners, including the Granite Backcountry Alliance.
Granite Backcountry Alliance
The goal of Granite Backcountry Alliance is to promote the sport of backcountry skiing in New Hampshire and Western Maine to provide low-impact human-powered backcountry skiing opportunities to the public through the creation, improvement and maintenance of ski glades.
New Hampshire and Western Maine are blessed with a rich ski history that includes a deep heritage of backcountry skiing from Mt. Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine to the many ski trails developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930’s (some of which still remain today). The celebration of the sport of skiing is embedded in the culture of the area.
While backcountry skiing’s resurgence has captivated a new user base, it is also now a measurable, undeniable force in the industry and is the fastest growing segment of the sport. To wit, forty-five percent (45%) of alpine skiers and fifty-five percent (55%) of snowboarders ski or ride the backcountry. The demand is strong but the terrain in New Hampshire and Western Maine is limited by the natural density and legal access to the forests and mountains.
Granite BC resolves to improve the playing field for backcountry skiers. Creating and developing ski glades, however, is not the only objective of the group. Improving the foundation of the sport is critical to future success, such as creating partnerships and collaboration with public and private landowners, education regarding safety and ecological awareness, and creating a unified culture – one that respects the land and does not permit unauthorized cutting.
Without Granite BC, we fear the future of backcountry skiing in New Hampshire and Western Maine will fall prey to loss of access as a result of unauthorized (or bootleg) trails, an increase in unprepared/injured/lost skiers, avalanche fatalities and generally a negative public image.
The time is now to create a unified voice across our region. Granite BC intends to plan forward to not only meet the demand of ambitious backcountry skiers but reconnect to our skiing heritage.
Current plans include the revival of abandoned CCC ski trails, collaboration with the USFS, several private landowner glade projects and general awareness of our group and its cause.
If you are interested in participating, or have a skill that you think may improve the offerings of Granite BC - please contact us today! We are also looking for local chapters (existing or to be formed) across NH and Western Maine that have an interest in helping to help spread our wings and expand terrain!
More about the Granite Backcountry Alliance:
Tuckerman Brewing Company
In 1998, Tuckerman Brewing Co. was founded with a love of the White Mountains of NH, in particular Mount Washington and the desire to create a fine hand crafted beer.
Tuckerman Brewing Co. brews our beer in the most green manner possible, using as many local ingredients and packaging materials as possible.
- 5 time Best Beer at the Attitash Oktoberfest
- Best of NH Best, Brewery Tour
- The flagship Tuckerman Pale Ale
- The German brown Headwall Alt
- The fall seasonal ALTitude; Alt Beer With Attitude
- The winter seasonal 6288 Stout, Rockpile IPA, and several new recipes available for sampling in the brewery tasting room.
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