Hillman’s Highway Zone April 9, 2016

This has been a frustrating year to be a New England skier. Plenty of storms and moisture content have been passing through, but mostly as rain. The forecast was calling for another event to roll through starting off as snow, transitioning to rain and then temps dropping as the front passed and moisture transitioning back to snow. Dust-on-crust or potentially some soft snow in sheltered locations. A long drive if it was the former but the fallback plan was to spectate the Inferno.

Avalanche bulletin rated Hillman’s Highway at Low and 3.5″ had fallen on mostly west winds on the back end of the storm.

The classic shot of Dodge's Drop and Hillman's Highway from Hojo's.

The classic shot of Dodge’s Drop and Hillman’s Highway from Hojo’s.

The view from Hojo’s showed fresh snow throughout the zone. Upon reaching the lower flank of Hillman’s the snow was bulletproof but more filled in that my trip 9 days prior. I think the solid rain crust down low is what kept almost everyone else out of the area. I booted on the crust, occasionally venturing onto the new snow to test stability. Depths were mostly 4-6″, was well bonded to the snow below, and had little energy. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. Order was HH climbers Left, then HH climbers Right, Diagonal,* and Dodge’s Drop. *There is also a Diagonal Gully in Huntington Ravine.

Cold dry snow in early April!

Cold dry snow in the gut of Hillman’s!

An unmolested Diagonal. This is the name I was given from Jeff Lane. I have also heard it referred to as Stovepipe.

An unmolested Diagonal (this is the name I was given from Jeff Lane). I have also heard it referred to as Stovepipe.

Looking down Diagonal from just below the top.

Looking down Diagonal from just below the top.

View of Dodge's climbers right side from the top split. I went left.

View of Dodge’s climbers right side from the top split. I went left.

Looking down Dodge's from the split.

Looking down Dodge’s from the split.

Top of Dodge's

Top of Dodge’s

Looking back up Dodge's from the ice bulge.

Looking back up Dodge’s from the ice bulge.

The kind of mention you want from the avalanche gurus. http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/2016/04/10/un-spring-like-conditions/

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3 Responses to Hillman’s Highway Zone April 9, 2016

  1. Tyler Moore says:

    Nice push on Dodges.

  2. Donnie says:

    How was the coverage in hillmans and dodges drop? Many shark fins to navigate around?

    • jerimyarnold says:

      No exposed rocks other than the usual big boulders that never seemed to get covered this year. Melting later this week could start to expose some of the shallow rocks.

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