It was another in a string of gray, murky days with low-hanging clouds (unless you were up on one of the high Presidentials), so with little hope of any clearing for a view, I scrapped a plan to climb Mount Waumbek and headed down to Waterville Valley for yet another journey out towards Mount Tripyramid. I figured I would head out Livermore Trail and, depending on what the various Tripyramid trails looked like, go to Scaur Peak, Avalanche Ravine or the South Slides. This would get me some snowshoeing miles through nice woods and perhaps a visit to a snowy slide or two.
Livermore Trail was beautifully groomed for its first 2.2 miles, making for smooth sailing. In that distance I saw only three skiers. (Hikers should wear snowshoes through here to preserve the groomed surface.)
Beyond the groomed section, Livermore Trail was frozen posthole carnage.
Luckily the trail is wide enough to allow snowshoeing along the side.
I climbed a bank off the 2011 slide and headed back across to visit two more open patches on the 1885 slide, passing these snow sculptures along the way.
Ascending the next open corridor on the 1885 slide.