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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: W side Hatcher Pass

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Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect WestElevation 4100ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 18in
Width 25ftVertical Run 50ft
Avalanche Details

debris was extremely hard with many small layers that were appeared to be from heavy/rapid wind loading. Appeared to be a natural trigger, but could have been remotely triggered by a snow machine as there were tracks to skiers left and below the ridge line where this occurred. (This was right off the road)

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Light wind, cloudy that parted to sunny/partly cloudy by the afternoon.

Snow surface

Most of the area was clearly wind affected, lots of sastrugi. Snow was variable between supportable slab to soft.

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