Warm up and rain the last couple days condensed the snowpack considerably. Top firm alpine snow crust is about two to three inches thick. Beneath is dense snow of variable depth depending where you are. Lots of water still running underneath the . . .
Warm day with light precipitation before freezing temperatures overnight. Two skiers headed up Left Gully.
New avalanche debris from Center Bowl, Lip, and Sluice were present in the bowl this morning (Sunday 12/8), with crown lines visible in the Lip and Sluice. A period of 50-70 mph WNW winds recorded by the summit last night built soft (4F) wind slab on . . .
Clear skies provided good visibility. West winds increased in velocity as the day progressed. Wind loading was evident as the fresh snow from yesterday (12/7) was available for transport. Some small sloughs were seen in the lookers right of the bowl. . . .
Active wind loading in center and left side of bowl when we arrived on floor of Ravine around 11:30 am led us to favor the right side. Picture taken from the “Sluice bowl” area (elevation 4933 ft). Lots of people skiing here and in Right Gully; had . . .
Conditions in Tuckerman today (Saturday) consisted of variable wind slab with small areas of old surface in the mix. The wind slab in question resulted from the ~15 cm of snow that fell on Wednesday and Thursday with wind loading that continued . . .
heavy and wet ground conditions, blue skies
The week thus far has brought near freezing temperatures, a little rain, and a little snow to the ravines. The pictures attached were taken today and Monday but you should expect the landscape to be quite different this weekend as there is a fair . . .
Just enough snow to make for easy hiking. Small knee deep drifts in sheltered locations.
Boring. Nothing. Need more snow and ice for crampons on LH Summer Route – dicey ascent with microspikes. See my Facebook spray for more pics. Very few Massholes observations outside of me.