General Information and FAQs for winter 2020/2021 courses from the Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival


Scheduled winter 2020/2021 courses in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities.


Courses will be taking place from December 2020 into April 2021. We hope to be back with a full featured festival in 2022.


Courses will meet at the Synnott Mountain Guides office behind Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, New Hampshire...or at a location determined by your guide.


The 2020/2021 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival courses are being run by Synnott Mountain Guides.

What is the best way to get in touch with questions?

Please visit the Contact page.

Are snowboarders welcome?

Yes, snowboarders are welcome.

Do I need skis or a splitboard with skins to participate?

Yes, those would be the best modes of travel.

Do you provide backcountry skiing and riding equipment?

No, for the 2020/2021 courses, you must provide your own equipment or rent from a third party rental provider in advance.

Do you rent or sell backcountry skiing and riding equipment at the festival?

No, but Ragged Mountain Equipment does sell a wide variety of backcountry skiing equipment or you can rent in advance from a rental provider.

Do I need avalanche safety equipment to participate?

Avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) will be required for courses that travel into avalanche terrain. This will depend on course itineraries and weather/snow conditions. There are courses available that will not travel into avalanche terrain and you will not need avalanche safety equipment for those courses.

Do you provide avalanche safety equipment?

Avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) is not provided by the festival.

Do you rent or sell avalanche safety equipment at the festival?

No, but avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) is available for sale at Ragged Mountain Equipment or you can rent in advance from a rental provider.

Is food provided?

If you're headed out for a full day course, please pack your own lunch and snacks.

What will the weather be like?

Check the Mount Washington Observatory for higher elevation mountain weather and the weather in surrounding towns. Visit the Mount Washington Avalanche Center for the avalanche advisory. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray, ME provides forecasting for the White Mountains region.