Tuckerman 11/21

By Sarah Goodnow | AMC- Hermit Lake Caretaker

Date of Observation: November 21, 2019  12:00 PM
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The week thus far has brought near freezing temperatures, a little rain, and a little snow to the ravines. The pictures attached were taken today and Monday but you should expect the landscape to be quite different this weekend as there is a fair amount of snow and wind in the forecast for tomorrow (Friday).

I forgot to take a picture in Huntington, but the fan is still all rocks. My impression was that the notable snowfields were higher up in the gullies near the ridge and in the mid-section of Central.


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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