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Any thing left in Tuckerman's ravine?

post #1 of 21
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Hi all, i got some free time this weekend so I am thinking about going up to Mt Washington this weekend. I was wondering if there could possibly be any snow or patches of snow still in or near the ravine. I was thinking mabye the snowfields but have some stuff left? Any one been there recently, Thanks.

post #2 of 21

I'm not sure, but if you can wait until morning then you can check out the webcam from Wildcat which looks over at the ravine:

 

www.skiwildcat.com/summit-cam.html
 

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Those photos are of the East Snowfield which is accessed (this late in the season) from the Auto Rd. You pay the toll and drive up (highly cool by the way). The snow looks thin and it's beginning to snowcup. Normally there's another week or two up there including the Great Gulf chutes which are accessed from the same location  but these may very well be gone. This was a very strange winter.

post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post

Those photos are of the East Snowfield which is accessed (this late in the season) from the Auto Rd. You pay the toll and drive up (highly cool by the way). The snow looks thin and it's beginning to snowcup. Normally there's another week or two up there including the Great Gulf chutes which are accessed from the same location  but these may very well be gone. This was a very strange winter.

Would you drive to the summit? or park some were along the way?

On a seprate note, anyone recently skied airplane?  I here that is suppose to last pretty long.

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Would you drive to the summit? or park some were along the way?

On a seprate note, anyone recently skied airplane?  I here that is suppose to last pretty long.

There's a place to park on the left just before the summit pitch. Parking there avoids having to walk back down to the East Snowfields. Often earlier in the season you can ski from the summit but by the time the Auto Rd opens this is usually long gone. I haven't skied the Airplane gully for several years but it does tend to hold snow a little longer I think. The best chute there in my opinion is the Pipeline, so called, which has a relatively constant gradient almost all the way down to the pond (I forget what it's called). Usually the middle portion of Pipeline goes early, becoming an exposed waterfall. As I said I haven't been up there this year. In my experience, in bad years, the snow on the chutes late season can become undermined from meltwater. You break through and find yourself standing on a rock or something. You can also find that the snowfields, as they become thin, degenerate into a suncupped surface that isn't  much fun to try to ski on. Nonetheless the ride up there is spectacular and well worth it, in my opinion. So is hiking up the mountain or down to Lake of the Clouds Hut so, if its a nice day and the skiing doesn't pan out it won't be a wasted trip..

post #7 of 21

There's very little left.  

post #8 of 21

Memorial Day White Mtns 047.jpg

 

from across the valley on wildcat last sunday

post #9 of 21

The last snow will be found in Tuckerman Ravine. Airplane and Snowfield melt out before. 

 

Snow level from what I've heard (and seen from other TRs) is equivalent to 2-3 weeks later (ie. mid-June level) this year.

 

I was thinking of going this weekend, however the forecast is pretty wet. I'll wait for the end of next week for possible June turns.

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The last snow will be found in Tuckerman Ravine. Airplane and Snowfield melt out before. 

 

Snow level from what I've heard (and seen from other TRs) is equivalent to 2-3 weeks later (ie. mid-June level) this year.

 

I was thinking of going this weekend, however the forecast is pretty wet. I'll wait for the end of next week for possible June turns.

Yes, unfortunatly I wont be able to make it this weekend eather. Though, I am free for next weekend. From skier_j's photo, it looks like Left Gully may be the last hope.

post #11 of 21

Wish I could have gone up to the ravine this year......

post #12 of 21
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Memorial Day White Mtns 047.jpg

 

from across the valley on wildcat last sunday

Were did you find this webcam from? Looked at WildCat website and could not find it. Thanks.

post #13 of 21

Well the current temperature on the mountain is 32 degrees and raining. Wind is 62 mph and heavy rain forecast for the remainder of the day and into tomorrow so I guess you wouldn't want to be up there trying to ski.

post #14 of 21
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Yes, unfortunatly I wont be able to make it this weekend eather. Though, I am free for next weekend. From skier_j's photo, it looks like Left Gully may be the last hope.

 

Last skiable snow is generally on the right side of the Bowl next to Lunch Rocks. It can't be seen to well from WCat's webcam. You can't even see it from Hermit Lake.

 

Here is my TR from last July 2, 2011, however snowlevel this season are probably 2-3 weeks off (Tuck is around the mid-June average snowpack right now, so July is improbable this season).

 

Tuckerman Ravine NH – July 2, 2011 : TGT … Don’t Panic!!!

http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/tuckerman-ravine-nh-july-2-2011-tgt-dont-panic/

 

I suspect we're still a 2 weeks away from this stage (snow shown in TR above).

post #15 of 21

According to the MWO, 2-4" of snow is expected at the summit, though some mixing may mix in.

post #16 of 21
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Were did you find this webcam from? Looked at WildCat website and could not find it. Thanks.

I took that myself.  Wildcat peaks not wildcvat ski area.

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Hello all, I hiked the Ravine over the past weekend. I thought I'd upload some pics in case anyone was thinking about going up there. You can't see it well in these photos but there is a large tunnel under the snow patch. I deemed it too dangerous to ski but you can formulate your own opinions. Anyway here are the links. (ignore the random people)

 

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/gregory99mar/IMG_20120610_123725.jpg

 

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/gregory99mar/IMG_20120610_115343.jpg

 

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii571/gregory99mar/IMG_20120610_120636-1.jpg

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheers, Greg

post #18 of 21

In some years this is a pronounced arch (the so called  "snow arch") . This was once a well known tourist attraction (back when tourists actually walked).  People have been killed walking under it as it collapsed.

post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by gregory99mar View Post

Hello all, I hiked the Ravine over the past weekend. I thought I'd upload some pics in case anyone was thinking about going up there. You can't see it well in these photos but there is a large tunnel under the snow patch. I deemed it too dangerous to ski but you can formulate your own opinions.

 

That's look very similar on the conditions and state of the snowpack we had on July 1, 2007.

 

My old TR isn't up on my blog yet, but here is the one from my skiing partner:

 

http://www.thesnowway.com/2007/07/01/end-of-season-july-turns-in-tuckerman-ravine

 

 

Here is a TR from someone that skied  on Sunday.

 

http://www.timefortuckerman.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15017

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Patrick View Post

That's look very similar on the conditions and state of the snowpack we had on July 1, 2007.

My old TR isn't up on my blog yet, but here is the one from my skiing partner:

http://www.thesnowway.com/2007/07/01/end-of-season-july-turns-in-tuckerman-ravine


Here is a TR from someone that skied  on Sunday.

http://www.timefortuckerman.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15017
Yeah, we really had a crappy winter. Other people were also saying we are like 5-6 weeks behind.
post #21 of 21

Just went up yesterday (July 4th). There was nothing left frown.gif

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