On October 19-20, a half inch of snow fell atop Mount Washington. Vermont's Killington Ski Resort opened for the season on October 25, the first Eastern ski resort to do so this year. Clearly winter is on its way.
As Marty, the resident cat at the Mount Washington Observatory, can attest, knowing the current conditions is essential for dressing appropriately for the weather. To help you keep track of the arriving season—and its accompanying snow and weather conditions—here's a quick review of the resources you can follow online.
Current Snow Cover NOAA and the National Weather Service have begun updating the NERFC Snow Depth Map for the season, which provides a daily snapshot of current snow depths across New England and New York. As of October 26, the only snow making it on the map is a light blue 1 to 2 inches in upstate New York.
The Mount Washington Avalanche Center has not yet begun publishing its daily Avalanche Advisory
for Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines, but as the season progresses this is a must-read for
backcountry skiers and anybody heading into potential avalanche terrain. Happy winter all!
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.