Black Mountain 2-18-15

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.

Cherie Perkins poses near the lower terminal of Black Mountain's double chairlift

Cherie Perkins poses near the lower terminal of Black Mountain’s double chairlift

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 double chairlift at Black Mountain, is one of the oldest operating ski lifts in the East

The double chairlift at Black Mountain, is one of the oldest operating ski lifts in the East

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.

Scott Andrews and Cherie Perkins pose at the summit of Black Mountain in Jackson, NH

Scott Andrews and Cherie Perkins pose at the summit of Black Mountain in Jackson, NH

Above, I’m posing with Cherie Perkins, a longtime ski buddy I know through the Maine Outdoor Adventures Club.