Avalanche ,Tuckerman Ravine

By Jamie Rose

Date of Observation: June 10, 2019  11:40 AM
Location of Observation: Not sure if exact name of trail but just left of the middle of the bowl

We had just reached the bowl after hiking up to snowboard.The boys set off to get a quick run in while i had set my pack down to eat a snack and take a rest.I sat on a rock while watching them off to my right when I heard a loud thunder crack sound.I looked to my left and saw the slide coming DIRECTLY for me.I had to jump up and run to avoid getting hit.There was a skier hiking straight up,to the right of the slide.You can see her in the pic.First hike of my season!WOW!


Snowpack observations are one part of the complex puzzle which is your decision to enter avalanche terrain. Some observations may include stability tests. It’s important to understand that the results of a stability tests are seldom conclusive anywhere, but particularly in snow climates and terrain like ours where the primary driver of instabilities is wind drifted snow. Many stability tests exist and each works best with specific avalanche problem types. Stability test results should never be used alone as an indication that a slope or conditions are safe particularly when more obvious red flags are present. Please use this page as part of your information gathering process, but don’t make decisions based on a single piece of information. A good article that summarizes some of the issues associated with snow and avalanche observations can be found here.

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