Black Mountain, in Jackson, New Hampshire, is celebrating its 80th year in business this season, and a friend and I skied it yesterday.
With cerulean blue skies and mild temps — 20s at the base — sun-drenched Black was a top choice yesterday. And with all the powdery snow that’s fallen over the past couple of weeks, conditions were superb.
I was disappointed that the iconic J-bar, possibly the oldest operating lift in the region, wasn’t turning. But the double chair, a Mueller that’s been updated with Riblet parts, is also one of the East’s senior citizens among operating lifts.
Above is a pic of the lower terminal of the double, and below is a pic of the lift, taken about halfway up the hill. Note the lattice-work construction of the tower, a hallmark of many chairlifts that date from the 1950s and 1960s.
The prize for reaching the summit on the double is a drop-dead view of Mount Washington. It’s Black’s most popular spot for taking pictures.
Above, I’m posing with Cherie Perkins, a longtime ski buddy I know through the Maine Outdoor Adventures Club.