A series of storms over the past week brought nearly 30 inches of snowfall to the summit of Mt. Washington. This new snow continues to rapidly alter coverage. Developed avalanche paths are still the exception rather than the rule, but skiers and climbers will likely be drawn to these developed snowfields. Early season conditions still exist in the alpine and are even more pronounced at lower elevations. Areas with a more developed snowpack, like the south side of Tuckerman Ravine, have shown the ability to avalanche already with natural activity observed earlier this month as well as in October. The adage, “If there’s enough snow to ride, there’s enough snow to slide” is certainly true and should motivate you to make careful snowpack assessments this weekend.
Avalanches kill more people on national forests
than any other natural hazard.
The best way to stay safe is to know the conditions, get the training, carry rescue gear, and stay out of harm’s way.
News from Tucks
This section extends from Lunch Rocks at the floor of the Ravine to the top of the Headwall where it meets the Alpine Garden Trail. This includes no skiing or riding through the Lip area. Only this section of the trail is closed. This annual closure is due to the magnitude of the crevasses and undermining, and the severe consequences of a fall in this area.
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