SNOW RANGERS WARN OF SPRING CONDITIONS ON WASHINGTON

by Christian Mower on March 23, 2012

U.S. FOREST SERVICE SNOW RANGERS ARE WARNING THE PUBLIC THIS WEEK’S UNUSUAL HEAT WAVE HAS QUICKLY CHANGED SNOW CONDITIONS ON MOUNT WASHINGTON.

JEFF LANE SAYS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS THE DANGER OF FALLING ICE HE CALLS A VERY REAL THREAT IN TUCKERMAN AND HUNTINGTON RAVINES. HE SAYS THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE HAZARD IS TO NOT GO UNDER AREAS WITH ICE, INCLUDING THE LUNCH ROCKS, A POPULAR PLACE TO SIT.

MOUNTAINEERS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO AVOID THIN SPOTS NEAR ROCKS AND BUSHES – AND CREVASSES AND WATERFALL HOLES.

RANGERS REPORT THE BEST SNOW COVERAGE FOR SKIERS AND RIDERS – AND THE LONGEST RUNS AND LEAST AMOUNT OF HAZARDS – ARE IN LEFT GULLY OR HILLMAN’S HIGHWAY.

THE LOWER HALF OF THE SHERBURNE SKI TRAIL AND THE LION HEAD WINTER ROUTE ARE CLOSED.

LANE REPORTS A SKIER WHO WAS AIRLIFTED BY LIFE FLIGHT HELICOPTER OF MAINE OFF THE MOUNTAIN MARCH 17TH HAS SINCE BEEN DISCHARGED FROM A HOSPITAL.

HE SAYS THE MAN – WHO ATTENDED MCGILL UNIVERSITY IN CANADA – FELL WHILE SKIING DOWN “THE CHUTE” IN TUCKERMAN RAVINE – AN AREA LANE SAYS HAS SEEN A HIGH NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN THE PAST DECADE.

ENTER THE WORDS “TUCKERMAN RAVINE HELICOPTER” TO VIEW AN ONLINE VIDEO OF THE AIRLIFT.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK OF THE SNOW RANGERS AND THE LATEST WARNINGS AND CONDITIONS, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.mountwashingtonavalanche.org.