Partners on the mountain and behind the scenes.
Every season on the mountain requires a lot of effort. Our partners make a huge difference on numerous fronts, from medical support on crowded spring skiing days to providing the latest weather data each morning. Our partners are critical pieces to a fully functioning avalanche center and are integral to our success.
Appalachian Mountain Club – is a longtime partner of the USFS and is integral to our program in the Cutler River Drainage. AMC Hermit Lake shelter caretakers provide travel advice to visitors, maintain the facilities at Hermit Lake, collect daily snow and weather data, and are a part of most every rescue mission.
Friends of Mount Washington Avalanche Center – Since its inception in winter 2012, FoMWAC has helped us with the day-to-day operating needs critical to maintaining and raising our game. We’ve really gotten a lot of mileage out of the smart phones that FoMWAC maintains for us. This big ticket item has allowed us to seamlessly post photos, access up to the minute weather data both on and off the mountain and obsess over the next day’s avalanche problem from anywhere. Founder Bill Downey has secured donations of technical rescue gear from Sterling Ropes, an ABS pack from Ortovox, high-powered Petzl rescue headlamps, wireless printer and keyboard, booties and a harness for Lily, our avalanche rescue dog, American Avalanche Association fees for the National avalanche map, King radio batteries, a laptop, and ski helmets. Bill and his team has been exceptionally generous with their time and fundraising efforts.
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine – Founded in 2000, FoTR has helped MWAC maintain the infrastructure needed to run the program and maintain facilities. FoTR has donated labor for such projects as bridge re-decking and are raising money and providing labor for reconstructing the beloved and heavily used deck at the Hermit Lake caretaker’s shelter. They recently provided flooring for updating the worn out Snow Ranger cabin floor and are the official trail adopters of the Sherburne and Gulf of Slides ski trails. Also, they provided materials for the slat boards at Harvard, Hermit Lake and the courtyard of PNVC as well as a video camera, radios and litters. In 2006/07, their leadership worked with NH DOT to implement construction of the pedestrian bridge on Rt. 16 that provides safer access to the Directissima trailhead parking lot.
Harvard Mountaineering Club – The club operates the venerable Harvard Cabin that serves as a heated overnight shelter for skiers and climbers and a launch point for rescues in Huntington Ravine. Harvard Cabin caretakers are key players in SAR missions throughout the winter.
Mount Washington Observatory – In addition to providing frequently updated point weather forecasts for critical summit weather conditions above our forecast area, the Observatory also provides critical transport for rescuers and patients on the Mount Washington Auto Road. This can save time in the event of above tree line rescue missions.
Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol – For 75 years this extraordinary group has dedicated their time for the benefit of Mount Washington visitors. These volunteers provide us tremendous assistance handling the crowds of people that arrive in the spring ski season both in providing travel advice and in rendering first aid and advanced medical care. These tireless veteran ski patrollers have decades of medical training and experience among them and most are active members of ski resort patrols. Outdoor emergency care techs, EMT’s, nurses and doctors are among their ranks. We could not manage without them!
New Hampshire State Parks – Skilled state park staff provide assistance to Snow Rangers and local SAR groups in gaining access to upper elevation areas during extreme weather search and rescue operations and are first responders to many incidents that occur in and around the summit.
Peak Rescue Institute – Peak Rescue Institute is a non-profit provider of rescue training staffed by professional rescuers and guides who volunteer their time to provide training in some of the most state of the art and effective rescue techniques in the industry. This organization has generously provided scholarships for technical rescue training to local rescue agencies, who in turn provide rescue to people in need in the Cutler River Drainage and elsewhere in the surrounding mountains.
Other contributors to our program include Time for Tuckerman, who donated the proceeds of a map sale to the Ski Patrol to purchase some needed equipment as well as Sterling Ropes who graciously donates ropes to the program and Frontside Grind who helps caffeinate ski patrollers to prepare them for their extraordinary feats.