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Weekend Update- Why have accidents gone down? And Mach 1 Luge runs

As I roll into my last month in the Ravine after a bunch of years I have been reflecting about many things I have seen on Mount Washington over time.  This mountain’s landscape, and all of you collectively, have been with me since I was very young and therefore have influenced who I have become. As […]

Weekend Update: Friday, March 25, 2016

It’s not often you hear someone asking for more data to sort through. Read on to find out why that’s exactly what I’m looking for! I’ll talk about the inversion that took place today as well as mention the conditions of my secret stash. It starts with “S”, and ends with what the sun does to a gaper gap on a bluebird day.

Weekend Update, Friday, March 18, 2016

      The difference in eastern snow cover between this year and last year is stark when viewed from above. This year, you’d certainly never think that Mount Washington ranks historically as the snowiest weather station in the lower 48 states. You can see how Mt. Washington ranks among other weather stations in the “Extremes in […]

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2016: The Winter that Never Arrived

Helon and I hiked into Tuckerman Ravine this morning to survey the damage to the snowpack wrought by over an inch and a quarter of rain and two and a half days of summit temperatures near 40F. First and foremost we wanted to see how the snowpack dealt with the all the liquid. Several pits up to […]

Sabretooth tigers and yawning voids in the snow

The jubilation that spring skiing conditions bring in Tuckerman Ravine is colored by the hazards that emerge at the same time. Returning to the hill from days off spent rock climbing in the valley, I noticed the astonishing drop in the depth of the snowpack. Water is flowing all around the mountain including under the […]

A Call to Arms

Tuckerman Ravine is a melting pot.  It’s one of my favorite aspects about this place.  There are beginners getting their first taste of backcountry skiing.  We see guides with clients, introducing them to advanced techniques and passing on learned skills.  There are diehard locals who are up every day for the morning or afternoon run […]

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The White Wolf? Weekend Update 4-24-2015

Talk about full on winter!  It’s really hard to believe it’s almost May with the full on conditions today.  No visibility, temperatures in the teens, and 8.3” of snow in the past 48hours as made for more like a February afternoon than a typical spring day.  We are most concerned about the increasing avalanche danger […]

Weekend Update 4-17-2015. A-Frames, coolers, and beacon tans.

Spring has been in the air!  Last weekend, the snowpack went isothermal and people feasted on mashed potatoes and corn snow.  Four out of the past five days, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the weather as “In the clear under clear skies.”  Talk about a harbinger of A-frames, coolers, and beacon tans.  Unfortunately, all good […]

An Acceptable Level of Spring

Every recreationalist I encounter in the mountains has their own acceptable level of risk.  The more we talk about these levels as a team and as a community, the better we will be able to understand one another and establish realistic goals for the day.  I find constantly re-evaluating this level is important as conditions […]

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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 […]

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Weekend Update Feedback Needed!

We have recently decided to stop writing Weekend Updates during the winter months. For more information, about why please see this Weekend Update post.  We are collecting comments and data to decide whether or not to resume this product for the late March-May spring ski season.  Please consider giving us some feedback and comments in the […]

Weekend Update- The End of an Era

Over the years we have kept our products fairly consistent with slow change being a general theme.  In our avalanche advisory formats we have followed periodic agreements made within the professional avalanche community at our annual National Avalanche Center meetings.  Over the past 20-25 years we have gone through several iterations of the danger scale […]

Nunavut air, large facets, and rental gear: the makings of an interesting Holiday weekend.

There is no doubt about it, if you’re getting an early jump on the long weekend expect some of the worst weather Mount Washington can deliver. Tonight temperatures should drop to near -30F with winds gusting to 115mph.  Those two factors together bring conditions to the 99th percentile when evaluating the environment on the “Washington’s […]