Welcome to the TMC Skiing Program! TMC is proud to lead trips that range from cross-country skiing, to downhill resort skiing or snowboarding, to telemark skiing, to backcountry skiing or splitboarding! TMC welcomes beginner skiers hoping to get out for their first day on the slopes, as well as avid skiers looking to lead trips and/or venture safely into the backcountry. We hope to see you out there come winter in the White Mountains!
From open glades to steep couloirs and hiking trails, the White Mountains offer many exceptional backcountry ski spots. Backcountry skiing combines hiking with downhill skiing, because you #EarnYourTurns skinning uphill, then reap the benefits in your descents. For snowboarders, splitboards allow you to skin uphill, then put your board back together at the top for your descent. Backcountry riding requires advanced skiing experience, as well as thorough safety training.
Cross-country skiing—also known as Nordic skiing—is one of the best ways to get outside and exercise in the winter. Even better, TMC has cross-country ski equipment that all members can use for free, located both on campus in Chet and at the Loj. Unlike other kinds of skiing, cross-country is often easier to get into, due to lower financial burden and a gentler learning curve.
Telemark skiing is yet another way to get outside and enjoy winter. Telemark skiing is similar to downhill skiing, except your heels have free range of motion, so the skiing itself requires different form. Because telemark skiing looks so difficult, telemark skiers are often regarded as some of the most hardcore people on the mountain. Learn to #FreeYourHeels this winter by signing up for a telemark instructional on the trips board or by arranging one with the Ski Director.
Downhill skiing in the Northeast can satisfy skiers of all ability levels. Some of the best resort skiing in the Northeast is only minutes from the Loj. TMC does not rent out downhill ski equipment (this can be done at the resort), but if you need gloves, goggles, layers, or other gear, check out the gear inventory. Some convenient resorts from the Loj are listed below.
Want to be a trip leader? Update your Technical Certification!
Do you have a trip in mind? Talk to the Ski Director about trip planning and leadership certification (or you can start the process online under your account). Be sure to check out the TMC Skiing Guidelines, too. New leader training and certification will usually happen at the beginning of the spring semester, but we can help you gain the knowledge to get out and on the slopes at any time!
New to Skiing? Sign up for a beginner trip!
Your trip leader will help you round up the proper gear and answer any questions you have. Check out any of the ski gear lists below for a general list of things you’ll need to bring. Most cross-country skiing trips (unless specified) are perfect for beginners to help you gain comfortability on skis. For those who are avid skiers, but new to backcountry terrain, TMC leads on-campus skill sessions before intro backcountry trips to gain familiarity with the necessary gear and to inform you of the necessary risks before you head out!
SKI question? Ask it here!
Downhill Skiing can be found all around the Northeast and the White Mountains.
Closer to the Loj (<1 hour):
Further from the Loj (>1 hour):
Backcountry Skiing is most everywhere around the Whites! If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved in backcountry skiing, please reach out to the Ski Director. Backcountry skiing requires skins, alpine touring (AT) bindings, and compatible boots (or a telemark setup paired with skins), and avalanche safety equipment. Backcountry equipment can be rented at Village Ski and Sport and Ski the Whites. When going into the backcountry you must have an avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe (available from Ski the Whites), as well as the knowledge of how to use them.
Cross-Country Skiing is one of the best ways to get into skiing. If enough snow is around the Boston area, the Weston Ski Track is just 20 minutes away from campus, with 15 km of groomed ski track. The Middlesex Fells is another great option close to campus for more adventurous (off-groomed track) excursions. The Loj is a fantastic base for cross-country skiing, with a full spread of cross country skis and boots located on site (skate skis can be rented in town).
Some suggestions are listed below for cross-country ski trips near the Loj, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the Ski Director if you would like additional suggestions!
Old Waterville Road Trail
Passes & Discounts
Season passes exist at most every mountain, and discounts are available to any college student with a valid student ID (and verification of enrollment for at minimum part-time Tufts students). The "White Mountain SuperPass" is available for $350 with no blackout dates for skiing at Cannon, Loon, Waterville Valley, and Bretton Woods ski resorts.
With these prices in mind, skiing can be a prohibitively expensive sport. TMC works hard to make participation as accessible as possible, but we also have to be realistic about our financial limitations. Unfortunately, TMC cannot subsidize tickets for downhill skiing unless in cases of persons requiring financial aid, but keep in mind that as a result of Matt Walter’s donation we are able to cover the entire cost of a lift ticket over $20 for all telemark trips. Telemark skiing is loads of fun, so take advantage of this awesome deal by learning the discipline, and you won’t regret it!
For the avid skiers looking to transition to backcountry, one of the best ways to start is inbounds at resorts. Uphill passes can be purchased at significant discounts (often around $10 for an day pass), and you have the added peace of mind from ski patrol being present. Uphilling at resorts is also a great way to enjoy skiing without spending loads of money. You might get in fewer laps, but you’ll definitely be warm, and ready to eat lots of chili and cornbread afterward!
For those just looking to get into skiing, TMC offers all of the gear necessary (for free!) to cross-country ski. Additionally, most cross-country skiing tracks traverse through the gorgeous woods of the White Mountains (and also do not require purchasing any tickets!).