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Observations

Region: Hatcher Pass
Location: Archangel Rd/Snow Bird
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Route & General Observations

Took the typical up-route to the Snowbird hut. All south facing aspects with rocks exposed are heating and have wet slides/point release avalanches filling the gullies. Early morning hours provides firm icy conditions that transform quickly with the afternoon sun.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect South
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 40degCrown Depthunknown
Width 40ftLength 200ft  

Observer Comments

3:20 pm we heard and saw a wet slide from the wall facing south behind the Snowbird Hut, starting high from rocks. Also, on the exit this morning we crossed ~8 avalanche debris piles, as opposed to the 3 we crossed on Tuesday morning.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?NoCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

Rapid warming in the afternoons, isothermal snow on south facing aspects

Weather

Weather

Clear sunny, below freezing temps the hut elevation.

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

Approach: Isothermal snow or 1-2" slush on hard pack. Snowbird Glacier: 3-4" soft snow with surface hoar on top of firm snow.



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