22 Inches of New Snow At Pinkham and Counting...

February 9, 2013

Cormac N. Griffin measuring the snow
The snow’s still falling at AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and there’s already over 22” of snow on the trails around Pinkham Notch!  Hermit Lake and the summit of Mount Washington reported 20” of snow before 9 am this morning, while Wildcat Ski Resort (http://www.skiwildcat.com) reported 27” in the past 24 hours at 1:29 pm today.  A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 4 pm today, while strong winds throughout the day are forecasted for tonight will scour certain areas and heavily load snow in lee areas. 
Both Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines had Extreme and High Avalanche Danger today, and the advice of the US Forest Service Snow Rangers to give the ravines a wide berth should be followed (http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org). 
Always check the avalanche conditions

If you’re heading out on any of the trails in the White Mountains, I highly encourage you to bring your snowshoes and hiking poles for the winter wonderland.  The fresh snow is atop two feet of packed snow and ice, so crampons and an ice axe are also recommended for travel in steep terrain and above treeline.  
Keep a close watch on the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, the Mount Washington Observatory (http://www.mountwashington.org), and AMC Conditions (http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/tripplanner/go/backcountry-weather.cfm#NH) websites to be the most prepared for the snowy conditions! 
Nemo’s slated to abate this evening in the White Mountains, and the forecast for Sunday is glorious!   The Mount Washington Observatory is calling for sunny skies and for lessening winds, so grab your gear and come up to Pinkham Notch to enjoy some truly epic bluebird conditions tomorrow!
Pinkham Trading Post

Before you hit the trail, please assist the NH Department of Transportation in their snow-removal efforts by not parking along state roads (http://news.outdoors.org/2013/02/reminder-to-wmnf-visitors-no-parking-on.html). 
Plenty of snow to shovel for all

For further information about staying at AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, The Highland Center in Crawford Notch, or any of the other AMC Lodges, please contact our Reservations Department at (603) 466-2727.  For any trail questions, contact our Trail Information Desk at (603) 466-2721 ext. 8116.
Happy Trails!

Cormac N. Griffin
Backcountry Information Specialist
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Appalachian Mountain Club

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