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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Archangel Rd/Snow Bird

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Observer:
Route & General Observations

Took the typical up-route to the Snowbird hut. All south facing aspects with rocks exposed are heating and have wet slides/point release avalanches filling the gullies. Early morning hours provides firm icy conditions that transform quickly with the afternoon sun.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet Loose Snow
Aspect SouthElevation 3000ft
Slope Angle 40degCrown Depthunknown
Width 40ftVertical Run 200ft
Avalanche Details

3:20 pm we heard and saw a wet slide from the wall facing south behind the Snowbird Hut, starting high from rocks. Also, on the exit this morning we crossed ~8 avalanche debris piles, as opposed to the 3 we crossed on Tuesday morning.

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

Rapid warming in the afternoons, isothermal snow on south facing aspects

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear sunny, below freezing temps the hut elevation.

Snow surface

Approach: Isothermal snow or 1-2" slush on hard pack. Snowbird Glacier: 3-4" soft snow with surface hoar on top of firm snow.