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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: $1,000 run

Route & General Observations

Good reminder to:
– ski one at a time,
– keep an eye on people while they ski, even if not part of your party and on a low angle slope.

Slope being skied was ~25 degrees, but adjacent slope was maybe 30 degrees (?). (Also low angle)

Burial – skier remembered to reach for the sky. One skier partially buried, other skier fully buried except hand / arm. Suggest website posts a map showing the names of all the popular runs. Many people do not know the names of the runs, to aid observation descriptions, etc…

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthElevation 4200ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth2ft
Width 200ftVertical Run 800ft
Avalanche Details

Estimated size of slide, just a best guess.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny, lots of fresh and very light snow from recent storm.

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