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Chute – Skier Fall

The victim was skiing the Chute when he fell. He tumbled approximately 500′ and sustained a possible concussion and numerous facial abrasions. He was treated by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol and a USFS Snow Ranger. The victim was able to walk out to Pinkham on his own. This incident took 2 people 1 hour.

Sliding Fall- Lip

The victim was skiing the Lip when she fell. She sustained an injury to her left knee in the sliding fall. She was treated by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. She was able to hobble out from the Bowl to Hermit Lake where she was then transported to Pinkham on a snow machine by a USFS Snow Ranger. This incident took 4 people 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Sliding Fall, Hillman’s Highway

The victim had made 5 or 6 turns at the top Hillman’s Highway when he lost his edge and fell. He was unable to stop himself and fell the length of the gully, approximately 1200′. He sought assistance from the Forest Service and was treated by the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol for numerous abrasions. He was able to walk to Pinkham. This incident took 2 people 1/2 hour.

The previous day we received rain on the snowpack which then froze overnight. Conditions in Hillman’s Highway were very hardpack, icy and unforgiving. Skiers and riders should think twice about venturing onto slopes when conditions are such that without an ice axe you will not be able to stop a fall. One of the victims that fell was wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are great for deep snow in rolling terrain but they are not intended for steep icy gully climbing. The snowshoe crampon system is designed to float over snow, not ice climb. Having the appropriate equipment for the terrain is essential for being safe in the mountains. Know your equipment, the advantages and limitations before you venture out into the backcountry.

Sliding Fall. Glissading Hillman’s Highway

The victim snowshoed up Hillman’s Highway and attempted to glissade down when he lost control. He took a long, high-speed fall the length of the gully, hitting rocks along the way. He suffered a dislocated shoulder and numerous abrasions to the face and his left side. He was treated by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. He was able to walk to Pinkham on his own. This incident took 2 people 1 hour.

The previous day we received rain on the snowpack which then froze overnight. Conditions in Hillman’s Highway were very hardpack, icy and unforgiving. Skiers and riders should think twice about venturing onto slopes when conditions are such that without an ice axe you will not be able to stop a fall. One of the victims that fell was wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are great for deep snow in rolling terrain but they are not intended for steep icy gully climbing. The snowshoe crampon system is designed to float over snow, not ice climb. Having the appropriate equipment for the terrain is essential for being safe in the mountains. Know your equipment, the advantages and limitations before you venture out into the backcountry.

Long Sliding Fall – Hillman’s Highway

The victim was attempting to ski Hillman’s Highway when he lost his edge and took a long sliding fall, approximately 1200′. He suffered lacerations and abrasions to his hands and face. He sought medical attention from the Forest Service and was treated by the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. He was able to walk out to Pinkham with his friends. This incident took 2 people 1 hour.

The previous day we received rain on the snowpack which then froze overnight. Conditions in Hillman’s Highway were very hardpack, icy and unforgiving. Skiers and riders should think twice about venturing onto slopes when conditions are such that without an ice axe you will not be able to stop a fall. One of the victims that fell was wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are great for deep snow in rolling terrain but they are not intended for steep icy gully climbing. The snowshoe crampon system is designed to float over snow, not ice climb. Having the appropriate equipment for the terrain is essential for being safe in the mountains. Know your equipment, the advantages and limitations before you venture out into the backcountry.

Sliding Fall Hillman’s

The victim was snowboarding down Hillman’s Highway when he lost his edge and fell. He tumbled head over heals then was heading face first when he went over a rock drop off. He went approximately 200′ before he was able to stop himself by grabbing onto a clump of bushes. The victim sought assistance from the Forest Service and was treated by the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. He had numerous abrasions and a possible concussion. The victim was able to walk out to Pinkham with his friends. This incident took 2 people 1/2 hour.

The previous day we received rain on the snowpack which then froze overnight. Conditions in Hillman’s Highway were very hardpack, icy and unforgiving. Skiers and riders should think twice about venturing onto slopes when conditions are such that without an ice axe you will not be able to stop a fall. One of the victims that fell was wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are great for deep snow in rolling terrain but they are not intended for steep icy gully climbing. The snowshoe crampon system is designed to float over snow, not ice climb. Having the appropriate equipment for the terrain is essential for being safe in the mountains. Know your equipment, the advantages and limitations before you venture out into the backcountry.

Glissading with Crampons

The vicim was glissading in Tuckerman Ravine while wearing crampons. His crampon caught on the snow and he injured his ankle. His friends assisted him to Hermit Lake where they sought help from Forest Service Snow Rangers. The Snow Rangers assessed his injury and splinted his ankle. He was transported to Pinkham via the USFS snowcat. This rescue took 2 people 1 hour.

Comments:

This is the third incident this season of glissading with crampons on that resulted in an injury. This is one of the most common yet preventable injuries we see on the mountain. Glissading with crampons should never be attempted. If you want to glissade take the time to remove your crampons.

Snowboarding in the Chute, Axe Laceration

The victim was snowboarding in the Chute when he fell. He attempted to self arrest with his ice axe. During this attempt the adze of the ice axe impacted his face near the eye resulting in a laceration. He self rescued to Hermit Lake where he met Forest Service Snow Rangers. They bandaged him and gave him a ride on a snow machine down to Pinkham. He sought medical treatment and received numerous stitches. This rescue took 2 people 1.5 hours.

Glissading in Tuckerman Ravine

The victim was glissading in Tuckerman Ravine while wearing crampons. His crampon caught in the snow and he twisted his ankle. He made his way to Hermit Lake where he sought assistance from Forest Service Snow Rangers. He was transported to Pinkham in the USFS snowcat. This rescue took 1 person 1 hour.

Injured Skier

The victim was hiking up Left Gully to ski when he fell approximately 50′ and hit a rock. He suffered a laceration on his right forearm. It was bandaged with a fleece coat and shoe string on scene by a bystander to stop the bleeding. He descended the gully and sought assistance from the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. His laceration was assessed and bandaged. He was advised he would probably need stitches. He was able to walk out to Pinkham on his own. This incident took 2 people 15 minutes.

Long Sliding Fall. Left Gully Tuckerman Ravine

The victim dislocated his shoulder during a sliding fall in Left Gully in Tuckerman Ravine. When a Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patroller arrived on scene the victim was becoming hypothermic. He was treated by four Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrollers and assisted down to Hermit Lake where he was reassessed. After warming up at the Snow Ranger Cabin, the patient walked down to Pinkham Notch with the aid of two friends.

Injured Skier- Lip

The patient injured his knee in a fall while skiing the Lip in Tuckerman Ravine. He was treated by an AMC Caretaker and assisted down to Hermit Lake. From there he was evacuated to Pinkham Notch in a litter by two AMC Caretakers and bystanders. The incident took four people two hours to complete.

Injured Skier – Tuckerman Ravine

The patient took a long tumbling fall when he fell skiing the Headwall in Tuckerman Ravine. During the fall he impacted some rocks and injured his shoulder and dislocated his elbow. He was treated by two Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrollers and assisted to Hermit Lake. From there he was transported on a snowmobile by a USFS Snow Ranger to Pinkham Notch. The incident took 3 people 2 hours to complete.

Runaway Snowboard – Tuckerman Ravine

At 1300 a person in a line of people fell while climbing up the Lip in Tuckerman Ravine. This caused a chain reaction to occur and many more people fell as well. During this event someone dropped their snowboard and it went out of control down the Lip striking the victim on the head. The result was a large laceration on the patients head. The patient was treated by two Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrollers and assisted to Hermit Lake. From there, a USFS Snow Ranger transported him by snowmobile to Pinkham Notch where he was received by an ambulance and brought to a hospital. The incident took 3 people 2 hours to complete.

Skier Injury

The victim injured her knee in a fall while skiing the Lip in Tuckerman Ravine. She was treated by a Snow Ranger and assisted to Hermit Lake by a USFS Snow Ranger and her friends. From there she was transported to Pinkham Notch via snowmobile. The incident took one Snow Ranger and two of the patient’s friends three hours to complete.