Just got an email from a student who took my level 1 course 2 weeks ago. Her boyfriend backed off Trap Dike as it felt unsafe, and the following party continued, triggered a big one near the top, and rode it to the bottom unhurt. 2-3 foot crown line and obvious cornicing at the top.
Another former student mentioned he and his friends triggered a sizeable slide at Jay Peak in the backcountry the other day that could have killed him. I’m waiting on some photos and a detailed report.
As March begins I want to remind everyone that there were zero avalanche incidents last year on Mount Washington until March 1st. Then we had 19 people involved in slides in just March. 1 near fatality (1000 foot fall from Pinnacle), one near miss skier in Gulf of Slides (caught, carried, but ended up on surface),some yahoos at the base of Left Gully getting nailed during Considerable + conditions, and a handful of other incidents.
10+ inches coming tonight, so the stage is set of an accident if people don’t choose their location carefully while moving through avalanche terrain. Keep at eye on the bulletin at www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org
We’ve had some excellent avalanche courses this season. Check out http://davidlottmann.wordpress.com/
for photos/conditions from recent trips.
The next two courses are sold out but we have three more courses this season with spots available. You can see the dates and more info on the courses here: http://www.emsclimb.com/aiare1.html
Be safe out there
P.S. the backcountry skiing is getting great right now!