Wet Loose slide in Left Gully, Tuckerman’s Ravine

By Will Synnott | Dartmouth Winter Sports Club

Date of Observation: April 23, 2019  12:40 PM
Location of Observation: Upper section of left gulley

Second skier to drop set off small (D1 or 1.5) loose wet avalanche on first turns into the gulley. The skier escaped to skiers left without much trouble as the slide picked up speed and continued down the slope for about 100 m before petering out downhill. No other significant avalanche activity observed except for easily manageable sluffing. Thick clouds socked in after we skied out of Left, bringing vis to almost Azeri so we decided to call it a day at that point.


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