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Observations

Region: Hatcher Pass
Location: Bennett Ridge - 1000$ Run
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Route & General Observations

Overall good skiing, less new snow on S and E aspects. Where the new snow sits on top of a stout melt-freeze crust. Very poor visibility (in the clouds), making navigation, skiing and observations difficult. Light snowfall.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

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

Observer Comments

One collapse on a NE aspect, my ski-partner felt the collapse 40' away.

Weather

Weather

Light snowfall -1cm/hr. High humidity, mostly calm winds, but occasional gusts swirled through.

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

2" of dry new snow (Fist hardness) on top of, 4-10" partially settled new snow (4F hardness).

Snowpack

Highly reactive snow found on N aspects, where the "new" snow sits on top of near surface facets. ECTP12, CT1 Q1 (Sudden Collapse), CTC Q1 (Sudden Collapse).
On aspects without, near surface facets, stability, seemed fair to good. There were some density inversion in the new snow, and in some locations I observed a shear plane within the new snow.

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