Entries by Helon Hoffer

Thanks for the Support!

Last week, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine held a fundaraiser at Allspeed Cyclery and Snow in Portland. We enjoyed a great turnout and were treated to a discussion with Ben Leoni about his latest Working for the Weekend film, East Coast Avalanche. If you haven’t had the time to check out this film, it’s well worth 7 minutes. […]

Harbingers of Spring

At the start of last week, the snow depth at Hermit Lake was 209cm. This morning, the height of snow (HS) is down to 163. This is a significant drop. In my mind, two things above Hermit Lake are signs that spring is on its way. The first is when the Little Headwall reopens and […]

After the Storm

There is no doubt we’ll be talking about this storm for years. It seems like everyone experienced some of the greatest skiing on the east coast in a long time. That’s what 11.6″ of 7.6% density snow followed by 12″ of 8.5% snow will give you. The real question for us was what happened in […]

Huntington Ravine on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It was hard to find any wind slab that formed from Sunday’s one inch in Huntington Ravine. True to form, strong winds scoured gullies down to the melt-freeze crust from last Thursday. That being said, the snow coverage in places is impressive. Thanks to several December storms that came in on south winds, Escape Hatch, […]

Hiring Update

USAJOBS is now accepting applications for the Lead Snow Ranger. This position would be year-round and act as the director of MWAC This job includes, but is not limited to: avalanche forecasting, conducting search and rescue operations, promoting the district’s dispersed recreation program.Applicants must have avalanche field experience demonstrating the knowledge to thoroughly comprehend, analyze, and […]

A Weekend of Winter

…those venturing into terrain should be prepared for winter conditions. The next few days will bring cold temperatures, strong winds, elevated avalanche hazard, and the potential for the first big storm of the winter.

Two long sliding falls on a frozen spring snowpack

On Sunday afternoon, March 13, two separate accidents occurred on the east side of Mount Washington. Both accidents involved long sliding falls and resulted in life-threatening injuries. Luckily, the skies were clear and the wind was calm, allowing both patients to be evacuated via helicopter.  There are several lessons to take away from these incidents, […]

Heavy Snowcat Traffic this Week

This is a disclaimer to everyone who plans on hiking the Tuckerman Ravine Trail or skiing the Sherburne this week. Both trails will see heavy use by the snowcat during the first week of March.