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Observations

Region: Hatcher Pass
Location: Bennets Ridge
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Route & General Observations

Went back to site for observation from 4/28 to observe any changes in stability and to perform additional stability tests. While conducting snow pit tests on low angel terrain (19º) just off ridge top, snowpack collapsed and triggered avalanche below us.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger Foot PenetrationAvalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North Northeast
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angle 35degCrown Depth 24in
Width 150ftLength 800ft  

Observer Comments

Majority of path estimated at 35º steepness, pulling back to roughly 30º in one area.
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Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?NoCollapsing (Whumphing)?YesCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

One collapse near pit site before second collapse which triggered avalanche. Note, the poor structure is now well hidden, but seem to exist on north facing slopes above 3500' (might also exist at lower elevations)

Weather

Weather

Several additional warm moist snow and graupel fell yesterday and last night. Flat light but some visibility today, no natural avalanches observed. Numerous density inversions within last weeks snow.

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

Moist new snow with lots of graupel.

Snowpack

Very similar to observation from 4/28, but weak layer depth had increased from 35 to 60 cm down. Stability results showed high variations in force to affect weak layer, but all ECT test propagated and CT test failed with sudden collapse. Performed 3 PST test all failed within PST25-30/100 End.
Snow from the last 10 days are not bonding well to near surface facets that exist on higher elevation shaded slopes.

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