March 10, 2009

Two incidents involving skiers occurred almost simultaneously in Tuckerman Ravine in the late afternoon. At about 4pm, a skier descended the Sluice and as he transitioned into the floor of the Ravine his skis broke through a crust layer causing him to fall. The skier suffered a lower leg injury just below the top of his ski boot. At the time, the AMC caretaker from Hermit Lake and a friend were hiking to the ravine to have a look around. They saw bystanders packaging the skier into a litter retrieved from the Lunch Rocks cache and went to assist. As this party was working their way down the floor of the ravine, another skier fell in Right Gully, injuring his knee. This skier was able to walk to Hermit Lake under his own power while the first skier was brought down via the Little Headwall. USFS Snow Rangers transported both skiers from Hermit Lake to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center by snowcat.

The Mount Washington Avalanche Center Foundation is campaigning to raise $15,000 to help fund exciting new education initiatives and infrastructure in support of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center mission. If avalanche center products or events were helpful for you this season, please consider a donation.

The Mount Washington Avalanche Center is a partnership between the Mount Washington Avalanche Center Foundation (formally known as Friends of Tuckerman Ravine) and the U.S. Forest Service.

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