|Mt. Washington and Huntington Ravine from Pinkham Notch, 2.22.2013|
It’s sunny and 32 degrees Fahrenheit in Pinkham Notch right
now, but the Mt. Washington Observatory (www.mountwashington.org
) is forecasting
snow for the higher summits of the White Mountains for Saturday afternoon through
Sunday, with the National Weather Service (www.weather.gov
preliminarily stating that snowfall amounts in excess of 6” is possible.
Winter Storm Q will certainly add a snowy
cushion to the current 1-2 ft. of crusty snowpack on the trails in the Whites.
Given the forecasted conditions, snowshoes
are recommended for all trails this weekend, in addition to crampons and an ice
axe for steeper terrain including the Lion Head Winter Route.
|Square Ledge Trail 2.22.2013|
Ski conditions are already fabulous in the Mt. Washington
Valley, with Wildcat (www.skiwildcat.com
and Attitash (www.attitash.com
open with 110 trails and 517 acres of skiable terrain between the two resorts,
with more snow on the way!
ski trails have a solid 1-2 ft. base, although a crusty layer exists below the
freshly fallen snow of this past week, a lesson I learned while skiing the
lower section of the Mt. Langdon Trail on Tuesday.
If heading to the John Sherburne Ski Trail,
the Gulf of Slides Ski Trail, or other backcountry ski runs in the Whites, I
encourage you to be cautious of this crusty layer of snow beneath any fresh
|The Lost Pond Trail kiosk is getting buried!|
New snow will also change the avalanche dynamic on the
Presidential Range, so checking the Avalanche Advisory from the Mount Washington
Avalanche Center (www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org
is an important step for safe travel before heading into avalanche
The most-recent weather from
the Mt. Washington Observatory, the Avalanche Advisory, gear, and
trail-information is available at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, which is
open every day from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
You can also call the AMC Trails Desk at (603) 466-8116 during our hours
of operation, or email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
we’ll respond as quickly as possible.
|Avalanche Board 2.22.2013|
If you’re looking for trailside lodging in the Whites so you
can be out early this weekend, consider staying at AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in
Pinkham Notch, the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, or any of our three backcountry
winter huts (Carter Notch, Zealand Falls, and Lonesome Lake). Don’t hesitate to give our Reservations
Department a call at (603) 466-2727 Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
|The Appalachian Trail near Joe Dodge Lodge, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire 2.22.2013|
Happy Trails! I’ll
see you on the mountain…
Cormac N. Griffin
Backcountry Information Specialist
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Appalachian Mountain Club
Gorham, New Hampshire 03581
Labels: alpine skiing, ice climbing, Joe Dodge Lodge, New Hampshire, snowshoeing