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