Huntington Ravine Conditions

By Ethan lemieux | MRS EMS Climbing School

Date of Observation: January 2, 2020  2:00 PM
Location of Observation: Floor of Huntington

There was plenty of snow moving in the Ravine in both directions across the bowl. There was no large crown lines or debris piles to be found. Maybe a few small slides out of the choke in central. The bottom of all the gullies look very full of wind moved snow. I had first tracks up the trail since the recent snow. Expect a lot of postholing, I could punch my pole about 65cm to the rain crust layer often. There’s open water but things are filling in. The large boulders in the floor are not filled in yet. Expect to climb up and over some. There’s lots of ice. Have fun be safe.


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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