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Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1458824400March 24, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Cross Hill above Independence MineSouthern facing slope just below the cross on the hill above the mine.
1458763200March 23, 2016 8:00pmHatcher Pass - Government/Hatch Peak areaWe (one yank and four Canadians) toured across from Fishhook parking lot toward Government and Hatch Peak.
1458696600March 23, 2016 1:30Hatcher Pass - Thousand Dollar RunUpside down snow pack observed on lower elevations. Scoured up high. Lots of avalanche activity post (weekend) storm.
1458674160March 22, 2016 7:16pmHatcher Pass - Avalanche obs- post storm - Hatcher PassYesTravelled up and around Ray Wallace, Microdot, and Independence Mine observing recent avalanches post 3/19-20 storm. Numerous recent avalanches everywhere - wet loose, dry loose, soft slabs - mostly a …
1458651600March 22, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Thousand Dollar Run beneath NE face of Hatch PeakToured up the 1000 dollar run from first bend in the road to the Pass. No whumphing or shooting cracks. Non-reactive stability tests in pit at 3457' (see photo below). Evidence of storm cycle, 3-15/16 …
1458468900March 20, 2016 10:15Hatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass, Independence Mine AreaAvalanche 2 Class. 12+ new snow over past 24hrs. High South winds early AM until about 9:30 actively loading North aspects. Observed well developed cornices, loading, and recent shallow avalanches on …
1458357000March 19, 2016 3:10Hatcher Pass - 4068' North and Wimpys NEYes       Skied off North side of 4068, adjacent to mid storm slide, triggered new slab, second turn, heard shear of NSF, forty five off of moving slab, came to stop …
1458259200March 18, 2016 12:00Hatcher Pass - Ray WallaceYes Our group lapped Ray Wallace today. We triggered at least 10 slab avalanches. Also, lots of sloughing. These are discussed in the Avalanche Details section below. Our pit is discussed in the Snowp …
1458226800March 17, 2016 3:00pmHatcher Pass - $1000 run/Hatch PeakSkied up the Hatcher Pass Rd to just below the Pass. Due to uncertain snow and poor viz retreated and skied up $1000 run to base of Hatch Pk. Had flat light conditions and intermittent snowfall throug …
1457732580March 11, 2016 9:43pmHatcher Pass - Microdot 4,026' South aspectNo cracking, collapsing, whumphing, or recent avalanches. Mostly stable conditions.
1457708400March 11, 2016 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Pinnacle Valley, Base of "Far Side" RunWe skinned up from Independence Bowl Parking Lot into Pinnacle Valley climbing to the base of Far Side Run. We dug a pit at 4707' and descended from there.
1457344800March 7, 2016 10:00Hatcher Pass - 3000-4500' all aspectsAlaska Avalanche School had 20 observers testing in HP this past weekend.
1457281920March 6, 2016 4:32pmHatcher Pass - Mint Hut AreaStayed at the Mint Hut 3/4/16-3/6/16 and skied on the Mint Glacier and to/from Grizzly Pass. Found extremely variable conditions, ranging from sastrugi to powder. East aspects were either slide-for-li …
1457269200March 6, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Friendship PassWe toured up from the Independence Bowl Parking Lot to Friendship Pass and back.
1456690680February 28, 2016 8:18pmHatcher Pass - Pinnacle zoneYesToured on a variety of aspects (S-NW) in the Pinnacle zone up to 5200ft
1456668000February 28, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot RidgeToured toward Friendship Pass in the AM. Saw debris from two avalanches, 1) SS-N-R2D2-I, SW aspect of the pass, since debris was somewhat filled back in with wind transported snow, I'm guessing it was …
1456664400February 28, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bomber TraverseOn 2/27/2016 - 2/28/2016 we did a quick Bomber Traverse in the counter clockwise direction starting and ending at the Gold Mint Parking lot. Conditions encountered were variable including hard slab, s …
1456579800February 27, 2016 1:30pmHatcher Pass - Meadow between Marmot and Microdot. elevation approximately 3800 ftWe skied Microdot, but on the trip up we decided to practice some snow study skills. We identified small slope with a wind deposit on a NW aspect to dig a snow pit. The slope was only a little over 20 …
1456574400February 27, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot RidgeToured up Microdot Ridge, back down our uptrack, then around to Gold Chord Lake. Lots of tracks on the north and south side of Microdot, no human triggered avalanches observed. Natural wet loose obser …
1456429860February 25, 2016 7:51pmHatcher Pass - SW ridge of Idaho Peak
1456408800February 25, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot Mountain, SW FaceSW Face of Marmot Mtn. evidences significant wind effects after new snow of approximately six inches on Monday, 2/22, and wind events on Wednesday, 2/24, with gusts to 50 mph, and early this morning, …
1456405200February 25, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Thousand Dollar Run, Ridge below North Face of Hatch PeakAfter first bend in road above gate, dropped to creek and ascended route from the bottom up. Snowpack very wind affected with supportable crust, sastrugi and icy surfaces. Estimated six inches of snow …
1456348080February 24, 2016 9:08pmHatcher Pass - general obs Independence Mine areaNew snow combined with wind built new wind slabs on west and northwest aspects, 4-8" deep. No cracking, collapsing, whomping observed.
1455956880February 20, 2016 8:28Hatcher Pass - Cross Hill
1455890400February 19, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot, South and Gold Chord WestToured from upper lot south side of Microdot, skied down north (Nosebleed), up Murphy Pass to Pinnacle/Far Side Ridgeline, down Crusty Booger back to lot. Snow on South aspects was mixed between re …
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