We need your help!

The Snow Rangers at Mount Washington Avalanche Center are continuing to look for ways to better serve you. This year, we reached out to over 1100 people at free outreach events and delivered 161 range scale avalanche forecasts since May 11. These forecasts reached over 103,000 people for a total of almost 500,000 page views and the month of May only just started. Additionally,  21,000 people used our new observation page and 6,500 people used the new daily snow plot information from Hermit Lake, Harvard Cabin and, new this year, Gray Knob on the north flank of Mount Adams.

We want to continue to improve at every level and we need your financial help to do so. If you use our forecasts, talk to us about snow and avalanche conditions or appreciate our new website format and useful weather information found there, we are psyched! We have several initiatives underway to help you make good decisions and to help us, help you when things don’t go as planned. We are asking for one time donations or a smaller but recurring donation to support the initiative of your choice.

  • Automated Snow and Weather Stations

    We plan to bring hourly weather data to our site and feed the NWS with snowfall, SWE, temperature and other key weather data. The first station will be deployed at our existing manual snowplot at Hermit Lake and will supplement daily information with hourly information through a robust communication system. This information will help us understand how much snow and water fell, at what temperature and accompanied by what wind speed and direction. This bullseye data will supplement the summit data from the MWObs which is often radically different than east side, near tree-line locations. The hourly feed will provide critical midnight to 6am snowfall amounts that can radically change the days forecast if wind clears the manual snow plot boards. Any funds raised beyond what is needed to install the Hermit Lake site will be directed towards the next snow and weather station elsewhere in the range.

  • Critical Training

    The Forest Service and taxpayers do their part to fund many necessary trainings for our staff such as snowmobile, chainsaw, Forest Protection Officer, and some avalanche courses. Not only do we have new employees, but we would like to stay state of the art in several disciplines by attending pro level avalanche courses and refreshers, advanced medical and technical rescue trainings and the International Snow Science Workshop. Donate here to support this effort.

  • Tuckerman Ravine Infrastructure

     The water well, Hermit Lake shelter reconstruction, the avalanche information boards and WiFi for producing forecasts when we stay at the cabin, weather forecasts and nowcasts for use during incidents, and other physical infrastructure in Tuckerman Ravine are past and future examples of where this money goes. This option is for folks who want to preserve to spring-time Tucks experience.   

  • As you see fit

    I trust you to spend my donation as you see fit, so long as my money doesn’t go to overhead, salary or administration of funds.

If you use our forecasts, talk to us about snow and avalanche conditions or appreciate our new website format and useful weather information found there, we are psyched! We have several initiatives underway to give you the information you need make good decisions and to help us, help you when things don’t go as planned.

Our partners at the Mount Washington Avalanche Education Foundation, the AMC, HMC, RMC, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol, the NH Outdoor Council and many other people and organizations help us do all we do. If you haven’t stepped up to contribute, now is a good time to do so. Choose your option above and lend a hand.