Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: W side Hatcher Pass

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect West
Elevation 4100ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 18inWidth 25ft
Vertical 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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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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