Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: April Bowl

Route & General Observations

Snowmachined up to Hatcher Pass, skinned up Bennett’s Ridge, skied several laps in April Bowl. The W to N aspects of Peak 4068, S to SE aspects of Hatch Peak, S to SE aspects of Bullion Mountain, and the bowl S of Willow Creek looked quite wind affected and stripped down to rocks along windward ridgelines and cross loaded gullies. Many leeward areas off Hatch Peak looked thin, with plenty of rocks sticking out. It is still difficult to not hit at least one rock daily skiing any aspect in Hatcher Pass.

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Observer Comments


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Negative temperatures, light winds at ridgetops, overcast transitioning to few clouds in the sky, freezing fog until 1 pm.

Snow surface

1/2" new snow. Slide for life, P to K hard snow on many NW aspects while skinning along ridgelines. 2" wind crust along NW aspects on the Lake Run off Hatch Peak. Faceting settled powder sheltered leeward aspects such as April Bowl. S to SE aspects wind affected with sastrugi in places.


Hand pit on NNE aspect near top of April Bowl: faceting settled powder over 1' wind slab over near surface facets over 8" wind slab over facets/melt freeze crust/basal facets. The wind slab was P to K hard.

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