Mt Cardigan Ski Tours

Its a rare day when guests are rope gunning for guides, but then i guess this was a rare week. Jerry the Gale Force continued his epic season climbing with Art. They had a stellar day on the on the east face of Willard. A few days before that, George joined us again and also took the sharp end on the east face of Willard with Alex. The snow is deep between the climbs, but the ice is great right now!


Also this week, Erik and Alex chose to use some rest days to hunt down the last of the powder from last weeks storms. These days were just long enough to help work the lactic acid out of legs from the previous week of work, as well as to put a day long powder grin on our faces ūüôā

The past few weeks has been a pretty amazing guiding time for me. Very fortunate comes to mind, as my work as a guide brings me in contact with so many positive, energetic and interesting guests.

This photo blog shows just that Рin the course of my recent work with Mooney Mountain Guides our guests, family members and friends have been turned on to adventure climbing events in amazing New Hampshire places. The climbing is plentiful and  varied whether we are on skis, on the ice, or ascending a mountain. Smiles are plentiful with suffering common too Рbut one thing we all commonly enjoy, is reaching for the top!!!


Emmett taking on a serious look.IMG_1605Brother Mike, and nephew Emmett on the ice for the day.


Margie and Dylan – on an exciting adventure – out of the normal routine!


Roland buffing out his ski touring skills to prep for the Haute Route.


Conditions were icy but we made the best of a sunny day and had a full mountain tour.


Long time guest Aubrey getting after the steep ice at the Flume.

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Aubrey is a technician on the ice and mixed – armed with Petzl Ergo tools and footed with Boreal Ice shoes.


Laurie – a mother, a professional, a mountain traveler, and now an ice climbing addict.


Laurie and I had three amazing days sampling ice climbs in the notches of NH.


Laurie – mixing it up from ice to the stone.


Lisa and Sylvain drove south from Montreal to ski tour on Mt Cardigan. We had an absolute blast spending the day together.

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The ski tour turned into a mountain climb – with grand smiles on top of the summit.


Mike has been with MMG for twelve years – it all started with skiing. He brings his entire family on some events but this one was just for him. Steep ice was our goal and we had at it.


Two sunny but cold days one at Crawford Notch and the other at Newfound Lake.

Thanks to all of you for climbing with me – it has been a pleasure and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Art Mooney

The ski conditions are pretty nice in the NH area right now. This past storm blanketed the area with over a foot of light and dry powder and ski tourers are out and about on the mountain trails. Paul and I enjoyed a full day over at Mt Cardigan yesterday. We skied the Alexandria Trail and the Dukes Trail both from the top. The Alexandria was bumped out like a ski area but the Dukes had a nice carpet of snow that made turns a bit easier and smoother.

During our tour we met up with friends Missy and Jay and toured with them on the Dukes. Jay is a Cardigan regular and he took us into one of his secret stashes for a bit of untracked snow.


Paul getting into his stride skinning up the hill.


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Paul topping out on our second run.

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The upper Dukes area – great place for a transition, food and drinks, to ready us for the long downhill run through the forest.


Paul in the secret powder stash.


Thanks to Paul – great fun ski touring with you.

Art Mooney