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Over the Headwall

January 14, 2014

The Rey Center’s winter lecture series, “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 (pictured below).

Jeff Leich NE Ski Museum Lecture at Waterville Valley's Rey Center

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.

Jeff Leich’s book, “Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine,” features photos and the story of Tuckerman Ravine – a glacial cirque sloping eastward on the southeast face of Mt. Washington – and site of the most dramatic and popular backcountry skiing in the Northeast.

Jeff Leich NE Ski Museum Lecture at Waterville Valley's Rey Center

Leich 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.

Come to the Rey Center on January 17 and hear Jeff’s fascinating story.

Lectures are held at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley, NH.  Lectures are free for Rey Center members and only $5 for not-yet-members.  All proceeds benefit the Rey Center art and science education programs.

Coming Up

Friday, February 21 at 7:00 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.

Friday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.Moose on the Edge by Kristine Rines, TWS certified wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department.

The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series is a great night out. Come into Waterville for dinner at one of our local restaurants, and attend an inspiring lecture.

Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and environmental stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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