Latest avalanche advisory for Mount Washington’s Cutler River Drainage – Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines

Days Until Winter: 133

The upcoming winter will mark a big change for the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. With the departure of Chris Joosen and Jeff Lane, we are beginning the search for two new members of the team. Both Chris and Jeff will be missed for their experience, knowledge, and calmness while under pressure, however Frank and I are sure someone will step up to the plate. We are currently putting together the details for these two positions and hope to fill the spots by late fall. If you are interested, please email us at mwactucks@gmail.com with your contact info and we will pass the outreach notice to you when it is finalized.

On June 25, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine and the Androscoggin Trail Crew led a group of 20 volunteers on the Sherburne Ski Trail for a day of trimming. We spent the morning on the section of trail above Hermit Lake and below the Little Headwall. I think when you ski out of the Bowl this coming winter things will look drastically different. What had become true eastern tree skiing is now once again a trail thanks the hard work of our volunteers. After lunch, we trimmed our way down to the Graham Trail, cutting as much as we could. Even with a large group of eager folks, there is a lot of work left to be done. Thank you for all the effort and please be on the lookout for another day of work this fall!

As the summer reaches its peak, it’s time to start thinking about winter. We are putting together details for this year’s Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop. Be on the lookout for details and a date to be announced soon. Take a rainy day (fingers crossed for my garden) to look at your gear and make sure everything is in working condition. Make sure you put your summer tune on your skis, you took your batteries out of your beacon, and the mice are staying out of your clothing. Happy August.

-Helon

General Bulletin for Sunday, May 29, 2016

This is the last Bulletin for the 2015-2016 season.  Some snow and ice related hazards will persist until complete melt out.  

This General Bulletin will be in effect until complete melt out later this summer. The snow coverage that is left has settled, been skier compacted, and is going through the late season melting process. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail through the Ravine is now open, but expect some minor patches of snow to remain into early June.

The remaining snowfields all have a degree of holes, crevasses and undermining that may collapse as they weaken into the summer. Based on the rapid changes to snow strength in the late season, snowfields should be avoided or approached with a high degree of caution. Expect age-hardened, dense alpine ice surfaces in some places even on warmer days. Mountaineering experience, good judgement, and proper equipment, like an ice axe, crampons, and a helmet are critical if venturing onto existing snowfields.

We sincerely thank all the groups and individuals that helped us make it through the season successfully. We couldn’t do the job without the many volunteer hours spent carrying injured people down the mountain, giving out good information to visitors, and giving us financial support. After writing avalanche and safety advisories for the last 22 seasons this is the last one from me as one of your U.S. Forest Service Snow Rangers.  It’s time for me to move on to other life adventures. Thanks for listening, reading, heeding, and saying hello as you passed through Hermit Lake. Thanks also to all the Snow Rangers, NH Fish and Game Officers, and volunteers I have worked with to make the mountains a safer place for all of you. Chris.

Please Remember:

  • Safe travel in avalanche terrain requires training and experience. This bulletin is just one tool to help you make your own decisions in avalanche terrain. You control your own risk by choosing where, when, and how you travel.
  • Anticipate a changing avalanche danger when actual weather differs from the higher summits forecast.
  • For more information contact the Forest Service Snow Rangers, or the AMC at Pinkham Notch or Hermit Lake.
  • Posted Sunday, May 29, 2016. A new bulletin/advisory will be issued at the beginning of the 2016-2017 winter season.

Christopher Joosen, Snow Ranger
USDA Forest Service
White Mountain National Forest
(603) 466-2713 TTY (603) 466-2716

2016-05-29 FINAL GENERAL