Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: 4068

Route & General Observations

Toured up to 4068 from skeetawk to assess stability and look at numerous recent avalanches from 12/11-12/15 storm.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

No collapsing or cracking was observed on our tour. There were however numerous recent avalanches on all aspects that occurred within the past 24 hrs.
We observed old wind slabs from 12/13. We saw numerous large persistent slabs several ft deep that failed at the ground on all aspects from 12/13-12/15.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and calm with signs of past wind.

Last recent precip: 9" new snow on 12/15 with .9" SWE

Temps today:
10 deg at 4500' @ 10am
19 deg at 3550' @ 10am
22 deg at 2700' @ 10am

Snow surface

There is about 9'' of low density new snow on top of the drizzle crust at lower and mid elevations. At upper elevations there is significant wind effect in specific areas.

5-6" of settlement have occurred over the past 24 hrs.


see snow pilot

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