With 2016 being such an exceptionally bad snow year in the Northeast, there have been many questions about what the Tuckerman Inferno ski leg will look like this year. The snow conditions in Tuckerman Ravine, being subject to Mount Washington's notoriously unpredictable weather patterns, is of course a challenge to forecast with any certainty more than a few days out. However, that being said, we continue to monitor the situation and are hopeful that a fun and challenging ski course will be confirmed and set by race day.
A recent recon mission into the ravine on Saturday, March 26, 2016 has us thinking the current plan for the ski leg will be to set a course in the Left Gully. This presents some challenges for the race finish because of the steep runout and exposure to scrub brush that is now poking out where the finish of the slalom course will be. Normally that brush would be covered with snow in a more typical snow year. We will also need to be very cautious about the uphill ascent and downhill race traffic so the mountain safety team will need to be at full alert this year.
Left Gully as of 03-26-2016
Possible run-out area for Inferno ski leg 2016