Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Above Snowbird Lake- out of forecast zone

Route & General Observations

overnight at Snowbird Hut

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West Northwest
Elevation 5000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 18inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 500ft  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Avalanche Details

We witnessed a skier trigger a slab avalanche on the west/northwest face above Snowbird Lake. The avalanche occurred ~6 pm Sunday, with a crown that appeared to be between one and two feet from our vantage point at the hut. This was probably the steepest area of the face - other areas had supported snowmachines and skiers without failure. The skier stayed above the avalanche and the debris didn’t quite reach the lake.

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