The Pit


There’s always a lot written in the daily avalanche advisory, but there’s usually much more discussion that can’t possibly fit. So after a few months of back and forth we’ve decided to carve out a spot here online to accomodate that overflow of information. Somedays it will be a short video, maybe a paragraph discussing hoar frost or how graupel is affecting stability.  And then on other times we just have something interesting about the mountain that’s pent up inside itching to get out and The Pit, a hole dug to seek information and answers to questions, is the best place to let it sing.   So….welcome to “The Pit“.

Winter and the Weekend Update return with a vengeance!

Winter and the Weekend Update return with a vengeance!

Thanks to the large amount of messages we have received answering our request for Weekend Update feedback.  Specifically, your thoughts about us discontinuing the Friday blog style product.  We are still evaluating all the responses to decide if we will provide this tool next fall and winter. However, we have decided to return it for […]

March 29, 2015 First person narrative of Lip avalanche

Over the last 24 hours or so, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the events that took place yesterday. There are a variety of pieces to this puzzle, so in this post I want to simply describe what took place from my perspective. Perhaps soon I’ll talk about the rest of the day’s events, […]

March 29, 2015: Multiple Avalanches on Mt. Washington

March 29, 2015: Multiple Avalanches on Mt. Washington

The date does not escape my attention. March 29, 2014 was the day of an unusual and large avalanche on the summit cone of Mt. Washington, narrowly missing several groups of hikers and skiers. On March 29, 2015, several avalanches occurred on Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe. Four of these were human triggered. Only one […]

Informed decision making = better decision making

In this morning’s advisory I wrote briefly about the decision making of two individuals who skied the Lip Saturday afternoon. I’d like to expand on this commentary, in order to provide a little more context, but primarily because I think what I observed is unfortunately too common, yet easy to avoid these same behavior patterns. […]

Valentine's Day Storm Thoughts

Valentine’s Day Storm Thoughts

Here we are again at the start of another winter storm. If you listen to what people are saying about the snow, you can pretty quickly tell whether or not they see this as a blessing or a curse. Personally, I love it. I remember a year in my hometown of Oswego NY where it […]

Mid-season status update

It may be Super Bowl Sunday, but this is a notable time of the year for reasons unrelated to football. To me, it marks the rough halfway point of the winter. Sure, it’s not exactly halfway, but it’s close enough especially if you separate out the spring ski season from the winter season. So tonight, […]