“Natural avalanches will be possible and human-triggered avalanches likely. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential.’’
Its not often that we talk about avalanche conditions out east but they exist and Tuckerman’s Ravine in New Hampshire is at a considerable danger level today as forecasted by the Mount Washington Avalanche Center according to The Boston Globe.
Rangers made a post at 8:15 a.m. today recommending:
“Avalanche danger will rapidly increase through the afternoon and evening hours. Natural avalanches will be possible and human-triggered avalanches likely. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential.’’
Areas of concern include:
“The Cutler River drainage on the east side of Mount Washington including forecast areas in Tuckerman and Huntington ravines. Watch criteria may be met in other areas outside those forecast by the avalanche center.’’
High winds are to continue after the snow stops falling creating dangerously unstable wind slabs. Currently the danger level is considerable and is likely to worsen or stay the same through the weekend:
“Backcountry travel may become very dangerous and not recommended on Friday. Due to continued wind loading of steep slopes, elevated avalanche danger is likely to remain on Saturday.’’
The Mount Washington Avalanche Center wants you to remember:
- Safe travel in avalanche terrain requires training and experience. This advisory is just one tool to help you make your own decisions in avalanche terrain. You control your own risk by choosing where, when, and how you travel.
- Anticipate a changing avalanche danger when actual weather differs from the higher summits forecast.
- For more information contact the Forest Service Snow Rangers, the AMC at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, or the caretakers at Hermit Lake Shelters or the Harvard Cabin.
- Posted 8:15 a.m., Thursday, December 29, 2016. A new advisory will be issued tomorrow.