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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1493553600April 30, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Fairangel ValleySkied two north facing lines in Fairangel. 20 cm of dense, creamy powder. While skinning back up the face experienced an alarming collapse with a distinct shooting crack. One side of the crack was vis …
1492097400April 13, 2017 3:30pmHatcher Pass - Archangel Rd/Snow BirdYesTook 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 fi …
1491417461April 5, 2017 6:37pmHatcher Pass - Mid and Upper elevation ObservationsYesToured up around Marmot, Microdot, and IM bowl. Significant warming over the past several days. Lots of new avalanche activity.
1491408000April 5, 2017 4:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotYesObserved on 5 April, look pretty fresh, ran yesterday????
1491408000April 5, 2017 4:00pmHatcher Pass - East ridge of HatchYesNatural hard slab. A day or two old?
1490968800March 31, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot Mountain and midribTravelled up Marmot, across ridge, and down mid-rib. Dug pits along the way. 5-6 inches new snow from 3/28 and 3/29 has turned into cream cheese below 3500'. Challenging traveling conditions and not s …
1490277600March 23, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Lower Eldorado  Travelled up lower Eldorado. No recent avalanches. No cracking, collapsing, or whumping observed. Overall, good stability. Find the facets, find the goods!    
1489932000March 19, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - North end of Gold Cord basinToured from Parking lost at end of road up thru Independence Mine bldgings to north end Gold Cord basin. Returned via lookers right along base of Sky Scraper Mtn.
1489582800March 15, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine areaHardest part of the day was driving to and from HP with the honking Matanuska winds gusting 40-50 mph or more in the valley. Toured from upper IM lot to look for potential new avy activity from an in …
1489150800March 10, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bennets Ridge, Hatch PeakBennet's Ridge to Sunnyside
1488922886March 7, 2017 9:41pmHatcher Pass - Marmot MountainWent up the the SW Marmot mid-rib , climbed to top of Marmot, descended down spine and gully in Rae Wallace. Goal for the day was to assess sensitivity of last weeks persistent slab (formed by the win …
1488369600March 1, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - $1,000 Run (low-angle ridge below N. face of Hatch Peak)$1,000 run from Independence bowl; Ralph Baldwin & I skinned up to 3,500' on NE Aspect of low angle ridge on North face of Hatch Peak. Very thin overcast, light breeze; ~5*F; obvious and widesprea …
1488306780February 28, 2017 6:33pmHatcher Pass - President's ridgeskinned up established skin track
1488286800February 28, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotToured up standard Marmot up-track today. Re-con to check out this weekend's avalanche activity and observe new wind loading. Thur 2/24 and Fri 2/25 wind gusted strong (Marmot Wx wind gauge went down …
1488047100February 25, 2017 6:25pmHatcher Pass - Near 4068YesMy friend and I were relegated to skiing the lower Government Peak area due to suspicions of the snowpack's stability, obvious wind effect, and signs of recent natural avalanches observed on eastern a …
1488040500February 25, 2017 4:35pmHatcher Pass - Palmer Fishhook Rd Mile 10.6 Hatcher Pass Alpine Xperience PulloutYesToured from HPAX lot to 3300' up E ridge of Government Peak.(MSB parking lot)
1488027600February 25, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - $1000 Run- NW Hatch PeakYesRoad to the pass, then up to 4200' and down via $1000 run.
1488024000February 25, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Base of Frostbite RidgeYesI toured to the base of Frostbite Ridge from the mile 10.6 parking lot.(MSB parking lot)
1488020400February 25, 2017 11:00Hatcher Pass - East side of FrostbiteUp from 10.5 mile pullout to bench on Frostbite. On and above the bench (2500' ele) yesterday's wind resculpted the dreamy pow and built some windslabs. Saw a few shallow-looking, localized, slab debr …
1487602800February 20, 2017 3:00pmHatcher Pass - NE Ridge of Government PeakToured up NE ridge of Government Peak from Mile 10.6. Zero visibility, fantastic snow.
1487534820February 19, 2017 8:07pmHatcher Pass - MicroDot, SW RidgeRae-Wallace Bowl from Independence Bowl Parking Lot to south aspect of SW Ridge of Microdot Peak. Poor visibility to the extent that we used glacier wands to mark our route. Glad we did!
1487524740February 19, 2017 5:19pmHatcher Pass - Gold cord, cross hill, microdot ridgeWhiteout vertigo ping pong milkbird : a beautiful snowpack observation day at Hatcher Pass! It did clear for a hot minute and we were able to get a clear view of all surrounding slopes and saw no evid …
1487365158February 17, 2017 8:59pmHatcher Pass - X4068 North FaceYesToured on X4068 this afternoon. Starting from Fishhook Lot, taking the Low-Low traverse around to the East ridge to avoid loaded ridge features with deep hard slabs. Previous portions of these slabs h …
1486303200February 5, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot NorthThe purpose of this observation is to report the phenomenon on the North side of Microdot. I'm not sure how to identify what has happened or is happening. The North side is a cacophony of cracks acros …
1486229760February 4, 2017 5:36pmHatcher Pass - Base of Frostbite RidgeI skied most of the way up to the saddle through the Glades on the groomer trail that HAX put in this week. I set a skin track for the last 500 feet and noticed significant collapsing. There was an av …
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