“Yesterday, more than 400 people came to Tuckerman Ravine with well over 50% of them arriving from out of state. Cars filled the parking lot at Pinkham Notch, lined the highway for several hundred yards with folks congregating in the lot, on the deck and driving together. In many cases, it was clear that the groups did not live together. Our medical advisor visited us to offer advice on our current state of affairs as lead agency for SAR in the Cutler River Drainage. Among other observations, he commented that odds were strong that asymptomatic carriers of COVID19 were among these visitors.”
– Mt. Washington Avalanche Center, 3/29/20
The Mt. Washington Avalanche Center in New Hampshire is reporting that over 400 humans descended on Tuckerman Ravine to go backcountry skiing yesterday, March 28th, 2020.
They also reported that 50% of those humans were from out of state.
According to Frank Harris, lead forecasters at the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center NH, Tuckerman Ravine will likely be closed to all backcountry use starting Monday, March 30th, 2020
Many backcountry skiers are not following guidelines set up to protect us from spreading Coronavirus via social distancing and only recreating within your very near local area.
Many backcountry skiers are not following guidelines set up to avoiding injury to avoid creating an additional burden to our healthcare system.
Tuckerman Ravine is one of the very most popular backcountry destinations on the entire East Coast.