A skier suffered life-threatening injuries after falling 900-vertical-feet down a very icy Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington, NH. The skier lost control and fell down Hillmans Highway at about 3pm on Sunday.
It’s been an extremely low snow year on the East Coast (Mad River Glen is already closed for the season) and Tuckerman has been very icy and the terrain is very steep.
“We have a really lean snowpack, so lots of rocks are poking out through the snow. There’s a waterfall hole that people can fall into. Ice chunks are falling off the headwall.” – Ranger Frank Carus of the White Mountain Avalanche Center told WMUR9
The injured skier is from Vermont. He reportedly went over ice bulges and rocks on this 900-vertical-foot slide.
Rescue crews used ropes and snow anchors to lower the patient to Hermit Lake Courtyard for helicopter rescue.
Minutes after this rescue a hiker took a nasty fall and suffered life-threatening injuries in Tuckerman Ravine.
This hiker was reached by rescuers on foot and air evacuated before dark.
Check out how Tuckerman’s was looking on March 5th: