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Observations

Region: Hatcher Pass
Location: Lower Skyscraper
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Route & General Observations

Put the skin track in at climber’s right of the lower Skyscraper/El Dorado bowl. Rode the lower runs off the bowl.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger SnowboarderAvalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North Northeast
Elevation 3700ftSlope Angle 38degCrown Depth 24in
Width 200ftLength 50ft  

Observer Comments

Cross loaded slope remotely triggered from about 50 feet away while ski testing another section of the slope, above the slide. The crown ran the length of the gully. The slab appeared to be all of this week's storm snow. The bed surface is a stiff melt/freeze crust.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

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

Observer Comments

No obvious signs prior to the slide. Pit results made us suspicious of steep northerly aspects.

Weather

Weather

Sunny, calm, 3-10 in of new snow on this week's storm looked wind loaded on northern aspects and minimally consolidated.

Snow Characteristics

Snowpack

ECT 14 on the old/new snow interface on a NNE slope. This was an ugly column though.

Photos & Video

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