Observations

Summit, Mount Washington

January 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Name: Nathan Delmar| MWAC
Location: Summit

To better understand the condition of the snow above Tuckerman Ravine, I decided to skin to the summit of Mount Washington.

Unsurprisingly, conditions above the bowl were suboptimal. The effects of the 157 mph wind that occurred last Sunday persists. The snow that managed to stay on the summit cone was predominantly pencil hard. Pockets of sastrugi were found intermittently throughout the cone and sun crust was observed near alpine vegetation and rocks. At 2 o’clock, the temperature on the summit was 18 degrees, and the winds were calm.

In Tuckerman Ravine, conditions were variable but chalky in the sun. Open water still exists in the Little Headwall, as a result, skiing conditions were poor. Heavy traffic on the Sherburne Trail has exposed rocks and slick snow. New snow Monday night and Tuesday will further fill in the terrain and help remedy the seasons’ meager snowpack.