East Side Snowpack
By Helon Hoffer | Mount Washington Avalanche Center
Date of Observation: December 30, 2018 1:00 PM
Location of Observation: Cutler River Drainage
We climbed Yale Gully in Huntington and talked to climbers who were in Pinnacle and Central. Isolated pockets of new snow exist on top of the December 22/23 melt-freeze crust. This new snow arrived on a refreezing snowpack and has bonded well. High wind speeds scoured most gullies in Huntington. We found few pockets of wind slab tucked under terrain features; we found no location with wall-to-wall new snow. We paused on Lion Head to look into Tuckerman on our descent. More new snow exists in Tuckerman than Huntington, though again it looks as if there are few, if any, places of wall-to-wall new snow. The second picture of Tuckerman has highly adjusted settings to highlight snow textures with darker areas being exposed melt-freeze crust and whiter areas being wind slab that formed Saturday.