Snowpack and Avalanche Information for Monday, June 8, 2020

Spring ski conditions remain in Tuckerman Ravine, despite the late date. Significant amounts of wind-loading through the winter and consistently below freezing temperatures have kept a significant amount of snow in east facing terrain. Crevasses, undermined snow and deep waterfall holes in the Lip and Headwall areas prompted the annual closure of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, which is currently closed to all use. This closure will remain until the snow and ice melts off the trail below Sluice. Significant sections of steep snow and ice remain on the summer Lionhead Trail, which is the shortest route to the summit. 

As usual during most late spring seasons, the best ski options are Left Gully and Hillman’s Highway. These areas contain the most snow and the least hazard and are mostly full length. Lookout for the emergence of deep holes, especially in Hillman’s Highway, as the snow continues to melt due to flowing water beneath. Fortunately, the ice has fallen out of Sluice and no longer threatens Lunch Rocks though large blocks of snow and even boulders have been falling from steep areas of the Headwall. It’s probably best not to turn your back on these hazards, both literally and figuratively. You can find more information on the Lip closure and recent views of skiing options on YouTube. 

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