Good skiing conditions today in Tuckerman Ravine.
Tuckerman Right Side had full sun today allowing the top two centimeters of the snowpack to become moist. Little to no wind.
Many hand sheer tests with Moderate and Hard results. ECT tests: ECTN22 . . .
New snow, including wind slabs, can be found on most aspects in the Ammo as well as Monroe Brook. New snow was largely pencil and 1F hard on the surface, with hardness increasing as elevation increased. The structure of the snowpack varies greatly . . .
Widespread stubborn 3/23 wind slab throughout Oakes Gulf, varying from several feet thick to inches thick with minimal scouring to older ice crust. Newer wind slabs could also be found in terrain roughly lee of westerly wind that was more reactive . . .
Soft slab avalanche debris from this past storm cycle. 2/22-3/23. Debris pile wind effected and partially buried by new snow drifts. From Main Gully north, the gully tops were scoured or very heavily wind effected. Below this we found smooth slabs . . .
Natural large hard slab avalanche that likely occurred late Saturday. HS-N-R4-D3-S. A true “Bowlalanche”, this crown is connected from Lower Sluice through Center Bowl and all the way to Chute. We think a soft or wind storm slab avalanched on Friday . . .
We ascended from Hermit Lake toward the Bowl via the Little Headwall. Using the looker’s right fork of the Little Headwall as our route, we remotely triggered a soft slab that released about 30 ft from us. SS-ASr-R1-D1-S. Upon arrival at Hermit Lake . . .
Warm day with occasional high thin clouds and a light wind. 34F on the summit when this picture was taken. Felt much warmer in the ravine. Top 8 to 10 cm of snowpack moist/wet, roller ball activity increased through the afternoon on south, south east . . .
Huntington was in full sun all day today.
Roller balls began being observed after 12pm – the two skiers were in ski track below Yale when the slide started (originating in Yale) gave them a pretty good scare- we heard it before we saw it.
Slab was firm pencil to knife hardness first run at 930am . Snow intensified to 1”/hr. Roughly 2” accumulation + wind deposit. Sluffing off of the ice below crux resulted in 20-30cm pockets. Second hiker on third run triggered a small R2, D1 slide . . .