Rey Center lecture on Jan. 17 covers skiing history of Tuckerman’s Ravine

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Rey Center winter lecture series, entitled "Infatuated with Snow", continues on Friday January 17 at 7 p.m. with "Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine" by New England Ski Museum Director, Jeff Leich.

Learn the history of Tuckerman Ravine and how it affected skiing, from the earliest ski mountaineers to the telemark revival and advent of the snowboard. Lectures are held at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley. Lectures are free for our members and only $5 for not-yet-members. All proceeds benefit the Rey Center art and science education programs.

Based on the New England Ski Museum's 1998 exhibit, Jeff Leich's book, "Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine", features photos and text about Tuckerman Ravine, site of the most dramatic and popular backcountry skiing in the Northeast. It details the story of the ravine's pioneer skiers in the 1920s such as Joe Dodge, the first headwall descent by John Carleton and Charles Proctor in 1931, the legendary top-to-bottom Inferno races of the 1930s when Dick Durrance and Toni Matt led the pack, the many first descents of Brooks Dodge in the 1940s, the various shelters at Hermit Lake, and the efforts of Forest Service Rangers and the volunteer ski patrol to protect skiers from avalanche and injury.

Tuckerman Ravine has drawn skiers since 1913, along with a handful of expert photographers who documented the outstanding scenery and exciting action. Come hear this fascinating story.

On Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. Getting to Know Snow by Mary Stampone, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire State Climatologist. Later, on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. the featured program will be Moose on the Edge by Kristine Rines, TWS certified wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department.

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