I teach a 2-day AMC Above Treeline Workshop out of Pinkham, and needed to find a workable answer to the OP's question. The Day 1 agenda is boot/crampon/ice ax/gear training, setting up for a Day 2 Mt. Washington ascent via Lionhead. The trouble with all the locations mentioned above is that they're all a serious 2-3 hour hike from base, and in most cases subject to whatever the extant avalanche issues are. If we went for these, many of the students would be out of gas for the Day 2 endeavor. I've settled on two alternative locations, depending on conditions. Most convenient, there are a couple of steep-ish, wide-ish sections of the lower Sherburne ski trail that can work well in 'new England powder' conditions without interfering too badly with the skiing. However, when there are genuine powder conditions the pitches are not steep enough. In those conditions, we resort to Willey Slide, 45 minutes away in Crawford Notch. In both cases, the approach hike is easy -- i.e., less than a half hour. Of course when time, conditions and group stamina permit, the best practice of all can be had via a reprise session in the lower snow fields of the summit cone itself on the summit day. Alex
A little thread drift but its at the end.... I am curious to know if the training occurs with a backpack on or not.