A quick round-up of the best online resources. Weather does whatever it wants in the Whites, so it's essential to have a good sense of current conditions before heading out on your next outdoor adventure. Here are the sites I look to for evaluating current weather, snowpack, and trail conditions in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
The NERFC Snow Depth Map is updated daily in season. During the spring, this helps provide an excellent and quick snapshot of where snow has (and has not) melted. As the map from April 16 shows, the Whites still have plenty of snow, with the largest amounts in the Presidentials.
AMC provides current Backcountry Weather and Trail Conditions for each of its New Hampshire lodges and actively staffed backcountry huts. The current trail conditions information is particularly valuable, especially in spring when trail conditions—snow, ice, mud, water—are so variable.
The Mount Washington Avalanche Center publishes a daily Avalanche Advisory for Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines in season. A must-read for backcountry skiers and anybody heading into potential avalanche terrain!
The Higher Summits Forecast is tailored to exposed above-treeline locations, where hikers are exposed to the full brunt of the elements. A useful benchmark for the upper limit of potential weather intensity.
If I have a specific destination in mind, I will often quickly check the latest updates and alerts from the U.S. Forest Service, including Forest Roads Status and any recent Alerts and Warnings about trail closures or damage.
This is not a comprehensive round-up of useful resources—they're just my go-to list. I'm sure there are many more excellent sources for evaluating current conditions in the Whites, including bulletin boards, online forums, and other resources.
Are there any you particularly recommend? Let us know!
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.