Tucks Observations 3/25

By Mark Toronto | Ski Mountaineer & Instructor

Date of Observation: March 25, 2020  5:00 PM
Location of Observation: Lower Claw & Right Gulley

Considerable Avalanche Danger due to a foot of new snow.
.Observed many tracks below large run-out zones in The Bowl. (No Go for Boot Sour and The Bowl @ Considerable)
*Warming temps and Solar Gain have left us with a breakable crust on certain aspects.
*Observed evidence of D-1 plus in areas within The Circ/Tuckerman’s.
*Snow Ranger on The Ravine Trail informed me Hillman’s slid at some point.
*Anything that has Slid exposes the per storm bullet proof ice bed surface .
*Little Headwall is now a Terrain Trap.
*Avoid! and traverse. Undermined Snow with Flowing water under and next to.
*The Ravine Trail and The Shereborne are snow covered top to bottom.


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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