Friday, February 8, 2013

Winter Returns To The White Mountains

A  blizzard is approaching as winter recreation and adventure is about to get that much better in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Current trail conditions around the Highland Center have limited firm and frozen snow and ice near 1800’ elevation with snow depths deepening as you climb up towards the 4000’ peaks. Traction devices are recommended on all trails. For higher peaks snowshoes and hiking poles are also recommended.


On the east side of Mt. Washington at Pinkham Notch current snow depths are greater with deeper snows found as you climb upward into the ravines and onto the tallest peaks in the White Mountains. Traction devices are strongly recommended everywhere with snowshoes and hiking poles also needed as you gain elevation climbing.


As of 8 a.m. it is already snowing and the wind is blowing. The weather forecast is for anywhere from 14-24” of fresh snow to fall in the next 36 hours. Strong winds from the northeast will cause blowing and drifting snow and will limit visibility. Cold temperatures, deep snows and consistent winds all add up to a strong caution urged to anyone who is considering heading into the mountains.


By late Saturday afternoon and Sunday we should have calm and clear weather with fantastic snow conditions for skiing and snowshoeing. With the potential for 24” of fresh and light snow if you are going into the ravines on Mt Washington be sure to check on avalancheconditions before you begin your climb.

Also please be reminded that NHDOT prohibits visitor parking along state roads during snow removal operations.

There still is space available in AMC Lodges this weekend. For further information and reservations, be sure to contact the AMC Reservations Department. They can be reached at 603-466-2727.

Vincent C. Spiotti
Director of Lodging Operations
Appalachian Mountain Club

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