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Accident: Hatcher Pass

Location: 16 Mile Road Run – Hatcher Pass

Date
Mon, March 9th, 2020
Activity
Snowboard
Fatalities
1
Summary
One snowboarder caught, buried and killed near the Road Run at Hatcher Pass. Preliminary report linked below.
Accident Report

A 17 year old male snowboarder triggered an avalanche around 12:30pm on Monday 3/9. It is believed that the victim strayed off his intended route and subsequently triggered an avalanche on a small slope which funneled into a terrain trap above a creek drainage. The slope was approximately 100’ tall. The avalanche occurred on a SSW aspect at an elevation of 2000’ and a slope angle of 36 degrees. The avalanche resulted from a storm slab failing on a weak persistent grain faceted layer in the snowpack. The crown of the avalanche is estimated to be 2.5 feet deep.

Full Preliminary Report by Hatcher Pass Avalanche center found at:
https://www.cnfaic.org/observations/avalanche-accident/

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