Mount Washington and the Presidential Range have many steep exposed ravines and gulfs. During the snowy months, these areas are all prone to snow avalanches. If you plan on traveling in avalanche terrain, you and your party members should carry an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel, and have the ability to efficiently use this equipment. You will also need to make your own snow stability assessments and practice safe travel techniques. These include exposing only one person at a time to an avalanche prone slope. The information below will help you prepare for your trip into avalanche terrain. In addition to finding information about our avalanche center, you will also find links to avalanche courses, archived advisories, an avalanche glossary, as well as a number of other sources that we think you will find useful. Enjoy!
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BETA VERSION MAP ONLY. A graphic representation of avalanche paths and select featues in Tuckerman Ravine and Boott Spur. Note that these are average runouts in unremarkable, average conditions. Snowpack and weather conditions could create conditions where these paths are much longer and wider than shown. Likewise, early season or shallow snowpacks won’t slide onto the floor of the ravines.
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