Published Dec 2, 2013
Scenic snow-covered hillsides simply don't look dangerous, but they can be deadly during an avalanche.
The US Forest Service's Mount Washington Avalanche Center (MWAC) and the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol (MWVSP) have combined their efforts to create a life-saving website that increases visitor safety on Mount Washington during the snow covered months.
The MWAC is operated by the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest. It is the only American avalanche center east of the Rockies and is also the oldest forecasting program in the country.
The US Forest Service is the lead agency in charge of Search and Rescue in the Cutler River Drainage from December 1st to May 31st each year. They maintain a supply of first aid caches throughout the area. They are frequently on duty in the Ravines and are on call during this entire season.
Additionally, they work with several volunteer groups who assist with this effort. Hundreds of volunteers regularly give their time to this cause. It takes a lot of hands to get someone safely down off the mountain. Without these groups, the job would be much more difficult.
We are grateful for all who devote their time and efforts to educate the public about avalanches.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Appalachian Mountain Club
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