Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Above sledding hill

Route & General Observations

Went on short tour to see if any natural avalanches occurred during the last snow fall.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No shooting cracks or whumping was observed during the tour. A large avalanche occurred on the sunny side of Hatch peak but appeared to be covered with some new snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

The mountains had a nice coating of snow, with 8-12" of storm snow observed.
10:45 @ independence mine parking lot, temp 5f, no precipitation, calm with broken skies.
11:05 @ 3600' right of microdot up-track, 3 degrees Fahrenheit, no precipitation, light winds from the SE, broken skies.

Snow surface

20-30 cm of storm snow was observed. Ski penetration was 15cm in most areas with windward features having only 5cm of new snow.
Wind effect could observed in some areas especially near ridge top.


No propagation was observed in this pit. Failure occurred @ 20cm at a density change within the storm snow. Small cornices failed when stomped on test slopes.
HS 160
NW 18 degree slope

ECTN9 @ 20cm
ECTN14 @ 30cm