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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1556888400May 3, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bennets ridgeYesSecond hand report of a full-depth, skier-triggered slab avalanche on a northish aspect of Bennets ridge on May 3rd, midday.
1556815620May 2, 2019 4:47pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine AreaYesSkinned up towards Murphy Lake. Turned around just before the moraine, due to widespread, long-ranging collapses and recent wet-slab avalanches on NW side of Microdot. Many areas with thinner snowpack …
1556368200April 27, 2019 12:30pmHatcher Pass - Delia Creek-ishYesWe skinned up the ridge east of Delia Creek, and after getting stopped by a sketchy knife edge section we descended an east facing slope (~35 deg) into the adjacent valley to continue that way. On the …
1556362800April 27, 2019 11:00Hatcher Pass - MarmotHere is an update on my last observation. I spoke with a park ranger on Saturday in regards to the snow machine corridor. He informed me that April bowl and Sky scrapper are both inside the boundaries …
1556193600April 25, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - April BowlToured a little west of April bowl. Snow surface is variable with different solar, wind, loading on every aspect. Did a couple runs on a steep, true north facing slope. Put 8 skiers down the slope, an …
1556193600April 25, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - April bowl and MarmotSkinned up peak $1000 run last Sunday and peak 4068 on Thursday. Both by the common skin track. Snow pack was fresh powder from latest storm with a bit of wind transfer. Stability was touch and go dep …
1555768800April 20, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Pinnacle bowl, slope below gold cord mineToured the nice snowmachine track up to the mine towards pinnacle bowl, had significant whumphing on the low angle slopes below gold cord mine.
1555759800April 20, 2019 11:30Hatcher Pass - Lower SkyscraperYesPut the skin track in at climber's right of the lower Skyscraper/El Dorado bowl. Rode the lower runs off the bowl.
1555723440April 20, 2019 1:24Hatcher Pass - Lower flanks of Idaho Peak, into GoodhopeYesTesting slope with snowmachine side hill cut low on the mtn. After 200+feet of sidehilling, a roughly 300 foot wide by ~1 foot crown released. Quickpit snow check prior to release showed the storm sno …
1555718400April 20, 2019 12:00Hatcher Pass - 4068 N side roughly 150 ft E of summit halfway down slope.YesClouds and flat light pushed 3 rd skier on slope towards small convexity close to rocks on a gully side wall that was a little more East facing. Snow broke on steeper sidewall and entrained more snow …
1555662900April 19, 2019 8:35Hatcher Pass - Bennets Ridge, north aspectYesStandard $1000 uptrack. Natural slab D2 on north side of Bennets Ridge occurred before 6pm on Wednesday 17 April.
1555629180April 18, 2019 11:13pmHatcher Pass - Nose BleedYes  Road observations Toured from IMB > Microdot > Nose Bleed
1555606800April 18, 2019 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Willow CreekYesPalmer side > Upper Willow Creek
1555592400April 18, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - bennet ridge?YesToured up Hatch peak and $1000 run. Went up road and came back around with buddy on sled about an hour later and saw slide that did not notice the first lap up. Light was somewhat bad so possible I ju …
1555545600April 18, 2019 12:00Hatcher Pass - 4068Skinned from Fishhook lot south to Wimpy Bowl, skied short lap ENE, then skied 3 laps of N side of 4068. Many small, thin, loose natural avalanches were present in every direction. These spooked us u …
1555254000April 14, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - $1000 Run/Hatch PkYesSkied from PL below Hatcher Pass gate along the N. side of Hatcher Ck, then up $1000 to 4500ft on the ridge running north from VABM Hatch.
1554285600April 3, 2019 10:00Hatcher Pass - Pinnacle Basin / FarsideRecording recent wet slab and wet loose avalanche activity in the Pinnacle Basin area. All of this activity occurred Saturday 3/30 through Monday 4/1.
1554120000April 1, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Wide Area Snowmachine Survey (Upper Willow Creek and Archangel Rd)Wide area survey of avalanche activity following the unseasonably warm temperatures last weekend. Many wet slab and wet loose avalanches, especially on SW and W aspects. Many wet loose avalanche trigg …
1554075540March 31, 2019 11:39pmHatcher Pass - Sunny side hatch pkRemote trigger 40’ away from skier. Low energy, d1 30’x30’ x1’ deep. Slightly convex SW aspect    
1554062400March 31, 2019 8:00pmHatcher Pass - The PinnacleYesRecent wet slab on WSW aspect of the Pinnacle.
1553962380March 30, 2019 4:13pmHatcher Pass - South facing chute on SkyscraperYesSouth side shoulder skyscraper
1553947200March 30, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Skyscraper Near Hatcher PassYesRecent human triggered or remotely triggered wet slab avalanche on SE aspect of Skyscraper near Hatcher Pass, i.e. "Nixon's Nose". Large enough to bury, injure, or kill a person (D2). Occurred 11:45am …
1553864400March 29, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bomber TraverseYesWe completed the Bomber Traverse over two days and observed at least 5 large wet on the approach to the Mint Hut we saw as it happened. These slides were large in size and enough to bury …
1553623200March 26, 2019 6:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Willow Creek / Craigie Creek / Dogsled PassSnowmachined in afternoon (4-8 pm) over to Upper Willow Creek, up to ridge of Skyscraper to 4450', over to west bowl of Hatch Peak, up Craigie Creek to Dogsled Pass.
1553608800March 26, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Gold Cord PeakYesSkinned up south ridge of Gold Cord Peak to false summit at 5250'. Skied SE face. Very wet, trenching ski conditions at 3 pm.
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